Horizontal pulley row with narrow grip handle

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The Horizontal Pulley Row with Narrow Grip Handle exercise is also known as Narrow grip front cable rower

Type of Exercise

Horizontal Pulley Row with Narrow Grip Handle is a Multiarticular / accessory exercise


  • Supine barbell rowing machine
  • Oarsman at the dorsy bar
  • Rematore with handlebar
  • Rows with prone grip barbell

Horizontal pulley row with narrow grip handle: Execution

The starting position sees the athlete sitting with the hips flexed, the knees semi-flexed and the feet positioned on the appropriate supports. The shoulder blades are abducted and the hands grasp the appropriate handle with a neutral or neutral / prone grip. The back can be in both flexion (variant 1) and in its position of strength (variant 2); in the latter case there is no action 6 and the muscles involved in it become stabilizers of the spine. In variant 1 (action 5 is also performed) the hips are totally flexed and the execution consists in simultaneously extending the vertebral column and also to reach the starting position of variant 2. At this point the movement continues in exactly the same way in both options. Variant 2 (those who start from this variant, i.e. those who find themselves at this point without having first performed the movements of variant 1, do not perform action 5 and the muscles involved in it are considered as hip stabilizers): start sees the athlete with his back in his position of strength, the hips almost completely flexed, the shoulder blades abducted, the shoulders partially flexed and the elbows extended. The execution consists in extending the shoulders and at the same time flexing the elbows, adducing and partially elevating the shoulder blades. The action ends when the handle comes into contact with the torso without this gesture being completed with a flexion of the wrists. The inclination of the torso is not changed for the entire duration of the exercise. It is possible to use the cheating technique with small distensions of the lower limbs.

Muscles involved in the exercise Horizontal pulley row with tight grip handle

Group 0

  • Great dorsal
  • Big round
  • Posterior deltoid
  • Lower bundles of the pectoralis major
  • Long head of the brachial triceps
Shoulder extension

Group 1

  • Brachioradiale
  • Brachialis
  • Brachial biceps
Elbow flexion

Group 2

  • Intermediate beams of the trapezius
  • Lower bundles of the trapezius
  • Romboide
Scapular adduction

Group 3

  • Upper bundles of the trapezius
  • Scapula elevator
  • Superior bundles of the large thoracic dentate
Scapular elevation

Group 4

  • Great buttock
  • Long head of the hamstring
  • Semimembranoso
  • Semitendinosus
  • Ischial head of the great adductor
Hip extension (optional)

Group 5

  • Ileocostali
  • Very long of the back
  • Spinal taps
  • Semispinali
  • Inferior posterior dentate
  • Infraspinali
  • Infratrasversari
  • Multiphids
  • Psoas
  • Square of the loins
  • Splenio
Spine extension (optional)
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