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    Use Lat machine for rows?

    So I have a lat machine with a hinge at the top and one at the bottom which can't be adjusted. The hinge is where the cable runs from and joins to the end part (long bar handle, short handle etc)

    When doing rows with a barbell I've noticed I get a lower back ache. This week I tried with dumbbells where I felt better.

    Dumbbells feel easy than barbell so could I use my lat machine to do rows by sitting on the floor on a mat to get the same rows effect? All the vids I've seen show an adjustable hinge which is moved to the center of the lat machine.
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    Originally Posted by MrBrave View Post
    So I have a lat machine with a hinge at the top and one at the bottom which can't be adjusted. The hinge is where the cable runs from and joins to the end part (long bar handle, short handle etc)

    When doing rows with a barbell I've noticed I get a lower back ache. This week I tried with dumbbells where I felt better.

    Dumbbells feel easy than barbell so could I use my lat machine to do rows by sitting on the floor on a mat to get the same rows effect? All the vids I've seen show an adjustable hinge which is moved to the center of the lat machine.
    You can go for alternative such as Bentover cable rowing, 1-arm bent-over db rows , chest-supported incline db row , Inverted horizontal row, and if you've access to TRX exercise bands, then TRX or strap rows.
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    Other than other kinds of rows, I like leaning chin grip lat pull downs to the sternum, feels very similar to a high row.
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    There is not really necessity to barbell row.

    But Learn to brace properly if you are going to do them and your back won't bitch out and will get stronger.

    Hold a good valsalva and
    Don't over arch and subsequently disengage abs

    Ive used lat/row stack setups where you sit on the floor. They can be great. I usually enjoy the angle of pull on these tbh.
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    A couple of tips for barbell rows,
    One make sure your hinging your hips back and not bending over straight at the waist.
    Hinging back will put more of the stress on the glutes and hamstrings with less on the low back.

    Two,use a belt when doing BB rows.
    This will give the back some extra protection.

    Three,use less weight and do your rows strict without much or any heaving the weight up.

    You could use the bottom cable but it's not as effective as a good BB row IMO.
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