The Barbell Row Exercise
The barbell row exercise is a basic multijoint upper body exercise that can be performed by athletes and nonathletes alike for improving strength of the posterior shoulder girdle, back, and elbow flexor muscles. It often is taught to athletes during initial stages of strength enhancement training and with novice nonathletes because of its relative simplicity. Because of relatively higher compressive loads on some lumbar spine structures than other rowing exercises, proper teaching, posture, and exercise techniques are warranted. Lifters should be free of back pain, and those with a history of back pain should consider an alternative exercise to the barbell row.
Ronai, P. (2017). The barbell row exercise. ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal, 21(2), 25-28. doi:10.1249/FIT.0000000000000278