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Q: Should I lean far forward while doing seated low-pulley rows?

7206-train5Q: I’ve seen guys at the gym doing seated low-pulley rows as if they are in a boat race—leaning far forward and then far back, on each rep. There’s more than 90 degrees of torso movement. Is that correct?

A: Not for bodybuilding training, but it can be an effective way to injure the shoulders and the lower back. Keep your torso upright and rigid throughout each rep. Imagine that your torso is supported and can’t move. Or, if your gym has the appropriate equipment, substitute a chest-supported seated row.


—Stuart McRobert


Editor’s note: Stuart McRobert’s first byline in IRON MAN appeared in 1981. He’s the author of the new BRAWN series, Book 1: How to Build Up to 50 Pounds of Muscle the Natural Way, available from Home Gym Warehouse (800) 447-0008 or

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