Reverse Grip Barbell Row

Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Underhand barbell row, reverse barbell row, supinated barbell row, Yates row, reverse-grip bent over row
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Equipment: Barbell
  • Muscles Targeted: Middle back, biceps, shoulders
  • Mechanics: Compound
  • Average Number of Sets: 3-4 with 8-12 reps each
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: Bent over two-dumbbell row

The reverse grip barbell row is the underhand version of the basic barbell row performed by changing your grip so that the palms are facing up. Unlike overhand barbell row, the underhand variety targets your lower lats and increases your back width. Bodybuilders usually perform the reverse-grip version for overall back development.

Reverse Grip Barbell Row Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Underhand barbell row, reverse barbell row, supinated barbell row, Yates row, reverse-grip bent over row
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Equipment: Barbell
  • Muscles Targeted: Middle back, biceps, shoulders
  • Mechanics: Compound
  • Average Number of Sets: 3-4 with 8-12 reps each
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: Bent over two-dumbbell row

How to do a Reverse Grip Barbell Row

Stand straight while holding a barbell (weighing about 50-100 lbs) with an underhand (supinated) grip. Bend at your waist and bring the torso forward until your back is nearly parallel to the ground. Keep the barbell directly in front of you and your arms perpendicular to the torso. Move the barbell up with the elbows kept close to your body while keeping the torso still. At the top, squeeze your back and hold the position for about 1-2 seconds. Gradually lower the barbell to the initial position.

Underhand Barbell Row Tips

  • People with back issues should avoid this exercise and try the low pulley row instead.
  • If you find it hard to lift the weights, start with lesser weights.

Alternative Exercise

Bent-Over Two-Dumbbell Row

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