Wide grip barbell rows (Read 852 times)


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Wide grip barbell rows
August 21, 2023, 08:46:11 am
Popped an A4 pulley last week so back on the weights for a while, thinking of mixing it up a bit. Anyone got any experience for/against wide grip bent over rows? Have got strong (ish) at pulling downwards during previous injuries but find it does sod all for my climbing whereas being able to pull in to the wall has seemed benficial, so these seem worth a shot. Ramble over, any advice much appreciated.

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#1 Re: Wide grip barbell rows
August 21, 2023, 09:06:01 am
There's nothing wrong with adding them, but it's worth realising that pulling strength is fairly universal; if your vertical pull strength is strong then your horizontal pull should also be fairly strong. To a certain extent, you won't have one without the other as they use largely the same muscles. The good thing is you don't have to overthink it. Sure, switch things up and add these if you're psyched, but as long as you do one or two compound pulling exercises each week, you're covered (3-5 sets to maintain, 5-15 sets to improve).

Of course, if the goal is to get better at climbing, then nothing beats climbing. If by pulling into the wall you actually mean improving body tension, then you could get on a steep wall on good handholds and move your feet around in extended positions, prioritizing poor footholds, supplemented with posterior chain exercises (glutes, hamstrings, calves, lower back, etc.)


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