I'm wondering how much people here barbell row in relation to their barbell bench. If you dumbbell bench and/or dumbbell row then please share that too. Also if you do the different exercises in a different rep range then mention this also. I'm wanting to know where most people are at in a relative sense in the weight used for these two exercises.
Edit: Well this has been interesting. I've done a tally, and it would appear that 11 people said that they could row more than they benched, while 11 people said they could bench more than they row. This data is based off posts 2 to 62. I may add data if this thread expnds significantly.
Note that post 4,9, 17, 25, 27, that I've included in my tally includes: Post 2:I counted this because of the obvious implication that he could row more, despite not saying by how much.if you cant row more than bench then you were clearly a bench curler at one point in your life
I also counted post 35. I thought you should know because the bolded portion makes it not perfectly reliable.
I can probably do a strict barbell row with about half my bench. Any BB rows are usually sets of 10 between 135-175 lbs. I keep my rows strict. I don't do them that often though.
I also counted post 57 as a vote for rows.
95's on bench
145 on rows
250 for bench
205 for rows
sense... this makes none!>!
Despite the barbell bench being stronger than the barbell row, the dumbell variation was high enough that I ruled it down to a weak lower back.
There is some difficulty involved here. How do we know good form is used on either exercise? Some of the rows could be utilizing quad drive or using a half ROM. This could also be the case with the bench press but it has more credibility because row ROM is harder to judge, meanwhile you've got the simplicity in judging bench press: if it doesn't touch your chest and end with your arms extended then it doesn't count. There are probably people here that don't know this but IMO it has a better case than the difficult to measure barbell row ROM.
I don't know a lot about body mechanics. If someone has long arms then they're going to be a better deadlifter than a bencher, but I don't know how someone could be built for benching but not rowing and vise versa.
From the data its difficult to form an objective judgement but I suspect that several of the people who could row more than they bench could only do so due to 'cheating'. There may be, (hell, there probably are), a few guys here who row without momentum from leg drive but cheat at bench press, putting their bench numbers ahead.
(I'm just doing this thing out of curiosity by the way)
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