- Row (weight-lifting)
strength training, rowing (or a row, usually preceded by a qualifying adjective — for instance a "seated row") is a form of muscular resistance training exercise that shares many characteristics of rowing a boat without involving water or a boat. When done as a weight-lifting exercise, its purpose is to exercise the muscles that draw the rower's arms toward the body ( latissimus dorsi) as well as those that adduct the scapulae ( trapeziusand rhomboids) and those that support the spine ( erector spinae). When done on a rowing machine (erg - see below) rowing also exercises muscles that extend and support the legs ( quadricepsand thigh muscles). In all cases, the abdominal and lower back muscles must be used in order to support the body and prevent back injury.
Many other weight-assisted gym exercises mimic the movement of rowing, such as the
deadlift, high pull and the bent-over row. An effective off-season training programme combines both erg pieces and weight-assisted movements similar to rowing, with an emphasis on improving endurance under high tension rather than maximum strength.
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