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Seated Cable Rows

  1. Sit down on the machine and place your feet on the front platform or crossbar provided making sure that your knees are slightly bent and not locked.

  2. Lean over as you keep the natural alignment of your back and grab the bar handles with a pronated grip (palms facing down).

  3. With your arms extended pull back until your torso is at a 90-degree angle from your legs. Your back should be slightly arched and your chest should be sticking out. You should be feeling a nice stretch on your lats as you hold the bar in front of you. This is the starting position of the exercise.

  4. Keeping the torso stationary, pull the handles back towards your torso while keeping the arms close to it until you touch the abdominals. Breathe out as you perform that movement. At that point, you should be squeezing your back muscles hard. Hold that contraction for a second and slowly go back to the original position while breathing in.

  5. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Caution:

  • Avoid swinging your torso back and forth as you can cause lower back injury by doing so.

Variations:

  • You can use a supinated grip (palms facing up) with the straight bar or use a V-Bar instead for a neutral grip.

Alternative Exercises for Seated Cable Rows 

  • T-Bar Row

  • Double Arm Dumbbell Bent Over Row 

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