The barbell row is a core training staple that can help to build a super strong back, but are you sure you're even doing the exercise correctly?
For this movement, you shouldn't settle for anything other than perfect form—especially because it's such a simple, essential exercise that should serve as one of the centerpieces of your training plan. Let Men's Health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. and associate fitness editor Brett Williams guide you through the barbell row's subtleties, saving you from the bad habits that are keeping you from unlocking your fitness potential.
Before you pick up the bar and get to pulling, take note that it's extremely important to pay attention the movement here. Your positioning, posture, and hand placement are essential to recruiting the right muscles—so let's break down everything you need to know.