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    Inverted rows vs. Barbell rows

    I'm doing stronglifts and it incorporates inverted rows.

    I like doing inverted rows because it is the mirror exercise of the bench and I feel like my back needs it. What I'm wondering though is, would barbell rows be better? If so, should I do both or one or the other?
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    There have been debates, studies, whatever done saying inverted are better but I don't believe it. Do both imo
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    I'd say do whichever you prefer and/or get a better contraction with.

    They are both similar. Advocates of "moving body through space" will say to use the inverted rows. I see it ultimately as being limited unless you have a workout partner to eventually stack plates on your stomach when the standard bodyweight lift becomes too easy.
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    I'd probably get crushed under the plates I'd have to pile on top of me in order to make it challenging.
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    Well, right now I'm doing two workouts for SL. Workout A I only have three exercises and Workout B has a fourth (pullups). So I think I'd like to add a fourth exercise on workout A.

    Workout A is:
    Squat 5x5 (Add 5lbs every workout, I am at 145lbs now)
    Bench 5x5 (Add 5lbs every workout, I am at 100lbs now as I added 20lbs to start)
    Inverted rows 3 x failure (Most recently I managed to do 12, 10 and 7)

    I was thinking I could add barbell rows to this or add calf raises as it seems to be the only body part that I'm not hitting.

    Thoughts?
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    Originally Posted by DanielBeauchamp View Post
    I'd probably get crushed under the plates I'd have to pile on top of me in order to make it challenging.
    Yeah it must be easy when you weigh as much as a petite girl.
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    do you have a weight vest? if not, there are some good quality cheap ones available on ebay and CL. i would think that an 80 pounder or so should keep you good on the inverted rows for a while. also, i do both inverted rows, dumbbell rows, and barbell rows. they each have advantages, and having all 3 keeps variety up...
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    Originally Posted by bennayboi View Post
    Yeah it must be easy when you weigh as much as a petite girl.
    I row 275 with an underhand grip. That is what makes it easy.
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    I'm not a fan of inverted rows. So, it's BB rows for me.
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    Originally Posted by DanielBeauchamp View Post
    I row 275 with an underhand grip. That is what makes it easy.
    I can run 275 mph. Oh, I forgot to mention that I have wings too.
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    You can stack the weight yourself. I lift alone and do it every time. BW+2 45s for sets if 10 are great for my back
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    Barbell rows (chest supported, not standing) are the true opposite of the bench press. Bodyweight rows aka inverted rows are the opposite of doing push ups on handles in a single line.
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    Originally Posted by DanielBeauchamp View Post
    I'd probably get crushed under the plates I'd have to pile on top of me in order to make it challenging.
    either that or you could lower the bar and put your feet up on something...

    Originally Posted by Tyciol View Post
    Barbell rows (chest supported, not standing) are the true opposite of the bench press. Bodyweight rows aka inverted rows are the opposite of doing push ups on handles in a single line.
    ^ this.

    OP, personally i <3 Australian pull ups. one advantage to consider is that they will be a lot less taxing on the lower back.

    then again, i prefer T-bar rows over either of these things... either that or 1 arm DB rows. *shrug*
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    Originally Posted by synchronicity2 View Post
    I'm doing stronglifts and it incorporates inverted rows. I like doing inverted rows because it is the mirror exercise of the bench and I feel like my back needs it. What I'm wondering though is, would barbell rows be better? If so, should I do both or one or the other?
    They're both great movements. Inverted rows are easier on the lower back so they can be done as a warm-up for the exercise, as well as following the exercise.

    I don't know about anyone else but my lower back's usually what gives out before my upper back when doing barbell rows. Having something that exhausts it less like inverted rows or the machine rows is a great asset.

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    I'd probably get crushed under the plates I'd have to pile on top of me in order to make it challenging.
    So use chains or do them 1-armed.
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    Originally Posted by synchronicity2 View Post
    I'm doing stronglifts and it incorporates inverted rows.

    I like doing inverted rows because it is the mirror exercise of the bench and I feel like my back needs it. What I'm wondering though is, would barbell rows be better? If so, should I do both or one or the other?
    Only issue is adding weight, especially if you train solo. I've always thought they were a better exercise than barbell rows which most people do with crappy form that looks more like shrugs.

    I've always done them with feet elevated on the smith machine like this video. Just turn the sound off.

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    I need a narrow grip to biomechanically hit lats effectively, and backbull is 11" wide, then for more weight, just use weighted vest like X-vest.
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    WTF is backbull?


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    Originally Posted by Lencho View Post
    WTF is backbull?
    This.

    And why worry about "biomechanically" hitting the lats? As opposed to...literally hitting them with a closed fist?
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    Originally Posted by Lencho View Post
    WTF is backbull?
    Depending on which patent application you read, it's either a topless 80s chick supporting your lumbar with the obstensible plea, "Save Your Back, Fill the Gap!"



    ... or a double-D handle. With hooks!

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    His name is Backbull...so maybe he meant that he is 11" thick....but I don't think that clarifies much. Meh.
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    I would ditch inverts over barbell any day. Both are good though, inverts are great for posture but barbell rows will gain you mass.
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