Do It Right : The Seated Cable Row Exercise
The seated cable row exercise is a basic multijoint upper body exercise that can be performed by athletes and nonathletes alike for improving the strength of the posterior shoulder girdle, back, and elbow flexor muscles. Because the seated cable row exercise uses a three-point base of support (both feet against ma- chine foot plates and the buttocks on a bench) versus a two-point base of support (the feet on the floor), it is thought to impose lower compression and sheer loads on some lumbar spine struc- tures than the barbell row and other rowing exercises. It is often taught to athletes during initial stages of strength enhance- ment training and with novice nonathletes because of its relative ease to teach and learn. To enhance safety and effectiveness, proper teaching, posture, and exercise techniques are warranted.
Ronai, P. (2019). Do it right: The seated cable row. ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal, 23(4), 32-37. Doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000492
ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal
From ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal Do It Right column.