Body rows are great bodyweight exercises for developing your back muscles. And youâ€™d be surprised at how many variations you can do, making them progressively more difficult by allowing you to take a higher percentage of your weight or by changing the leverage. In this weekâ€™s video Iâ€™ll take you through four progressions, so that you can ultimately achieve the impressive L-Position Body Row!
Even though weâ€™ve got a brand new gym to shoot our GBT videos in, Iâ€™ve decided to take this one outside to the park. As you know, itâ€™s our goal to show unique and different ways to duplicate exercises that would normally be done with weights, and I can say with utmost confidence that youâ€™re going to want to put down the dumbbells to give this one a shot.
In the GBT System, we use all kinds of â€œpullingâ€ exercises, either in the form of hang patterns like chin ups/pull ups and muscle ups, or in horizontal pulls like body rows. As with all bodyweight exercises, in order to make the exercise harder, we have to modify it so we can take more of our own bodyweight. This can be done if you progress the movement properly. Make sure you master each variation before moving on to the next level!
All you need is a set of parallel bars which you can find at most parks. If you want to try these variations in the gym, a regular dip station should work just fine – just try to ignore the jealous glares from the regular gym members who wish they were doing your cool new exercises!
Check out the video below – and as always, weâ€™d love to see your pics and videos of your own attempts at this posted on our GBT Facebook page!