Oarsman at the dorsy bar

Oarsman at the dorsy bar


The Dorsy Bar Row exercise is also known as the Dorsy bar rower, T bar rower, T-bar row, T-bar row.

Type of Exercise

Rowing at the dorsy bar is a multi-joint / accessory exercise


  • Supine barbell rowing machine
  • Horizontal pulley row with narrow grip handle
  • Oarsman at the dorsy bar
  • Rematore with handlebar
  • Rows with prone grip barbell

Rowing at the dorsy bar: Execution

The starting position sees the athlete standing on the Dorsy bar platform with his back in his position of strength, but with the shoulder blades abducted; the hips are flexed to form a variable angle depending on the area where you want to concentrate the effort. The knees are semi-flexed and the distance between the feet is equal to or slightly greater than that between the shoulders. The handle can be: 1) Supine with the hands placed at a distance equal to that between the shoulders; 2) Neutral / prone on the appropriate handles; 3) Prone with hands placed on the bar at a distance greater than that between the shoulders. The execution consists of pulling the bar towards the chest through an adduction / elevation (variants 1 and 2) or from an adduction (variant 3) scapular first, then an extension (variant 1), or an extension / extension transverse (variant 2), or a transverse extension (variant 3) accompanied by a simultaneous flexion of the elbow. All without changing the inclination of the torso and without changing the angle of the knees. In this exercise, you can use the cheating technique with small knee extensions that can be accompanied by slight hip extensions. In any case, the back must remain in its position of strength.

Muscles involved in rowing the dorsy bar

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

  • Lateral deltoid
  • Infrared
  • Small round
Transverse shoulder extension (variants 3 and to a lesser extent 2)
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