Posted in Article on June 26, 2012
The one arm dumbbell rows will concentrate on the middle of your back. This is the best exercise for last when working your back out. It will give your back one last stretch for building the strength and the muscles. It will also work the muscles in your shoulders, biceps and your lats.
When doing the one arm dumbbell rows, you will need a flat bench and a dumbbell for each hand. Use dumbbells that are on the lighter side to begin with. Put one dumbbell on the floor on each side of the bench.
Place your left foot flat on the ground and slightly bend your knee. Lift your right leg up and place your knee towards the end of the bench. Place your right palm face down on the bench towards the top. This is going to give you extra support. You want your torso parallel to the ground while bending at your waist.
Slowly lower your body down and with your left hand grab the dumbbell. The palm of your hand will be facing under the bench. Straighten your body and back out so it is parallel with the ground. Your arm will be extended straight down while holding the weight. Keeping your back straight you are now in the starting position for the one arm dumbbell rows.
Start exhaling as you bring the weight up to your chest side. Make sure you keep your arm close to your side. Concentrate on lifting the weight with your shoulder, lat and back muscles. Do not use your forearm for lifting the weight. When your weight is level with the side of your chest hold the position for a few seconds. While you are holding the position now is the time to squeeze those back muscles.
Start inhaling and lower the dumbbell back to the starting position. Keep your back and torso straight during the lowering of the weight. Keep repeating the motions until you have completed the recommended repetitions.
When you are done with the repetitions it is time to switch arms. Place your right foot flat on the ground with a slight bend in the knee. Lift your left leg onto the bench with your knee located toward the end. Place your left hand toward the top of the bench with your palm down. Make sure your torso is parallel with the ground and grab your dumbbell with your right hand. You are now ready to repeat the steps for the repetitions.
If you do not feel comfortable using the dumbbells you can still perform the exercise. Go to the high or low pulley machine for doing your one arm rows on. Adjust the weight so it is not too heavy and take your position on the bench. The pulley will give you the same kind of workout as the dumbbells would.
These exercises targeted your lower and middle back. If done properly then will build the strength along with the muscles in your back.