If itâ€™s not part of your program, it should be. Hereâ€™s why
Walk into any gym in America and youâ€™ll usually find a traffic jam at the benchpress.
But if you were to point out a man with an impressive physique, I guarantee heâ€™s not pressing all day long.
I promise heâ€™s putting a premium on exercises that work his backside. And thereâ€™s one exercise in particular that I bet he never skips: the barbell row.
The Benefits Of the Barbell Row
1. Better posture
The barbell row targets your upper back musclesâ€”your middle and lower traps, your rhomboids, and the stabilizer muscles in the back of your shouldersâ€”helping to pull your shoulders back. When there is a strength imbalance between your chest and your back, your shoulders will hunch forward.
2. Bigger lifts
The row trains your trapezius and rhomboidsâ€”muscles that help keep your shoulder blades from moving as you bench press. The more stable your shoulders are, the more strength you can generate in your arms and chest.
It gives you a more stable â€œplatformâ€ to press the weights from, and decreases your risk of shoulder injury.
3. An athletic physique
A thicker, wider, more muscular upper back results in the coveted V-shaped torso.
4. More total-body strengthÂ
Strong lats, traps, and rhomboids prevent excessive spinal rounding during the deadlift and squat. That means you can hoist heavier loads with better form and less injury to your back, and build more strength, muscle, and power from head to toe.
5. Beat Jason Bourne in hand-to-hand combat
Actually, no, it wonâ€™t. I wish.
Source by menshealth.com