Home Workout: Barbell Rows for Lats

I know I promised an advanced pushup video next, its halfway done – filming the video wiped me out with all the retakes so I couldnt finish it in one session.

This video shows how to do barbell rows. Dont attempt these if you have lower back problems, stick to the pullups. While we are on the subject of pullups, these barbell rows are no substitute for pullups. When it comes to building lats, pullups are king!

Keys to good form on the barbell row:

1) keep your back motionless
2) keep your abs flexed and tight to support your lower back
3) make sure to breathe, dont hold your breath
4) pull the bar to your hip, not your shoulders
5) use a slow, smooth motion – no jerking

By the way, I know I screwed up twice and said "dumbbell row" where I meant "barbell row". I didnt bother re-filming becuase I figured it wouldnt cause any confusion.

Anyone can be healthier, have more energy, sleep better, and feel better about themselves through bodybuilding. Bodybuilding doesn't have to be expensive or take a lot of time, gyms are great but home workouts can save you time and money. A cheap dumbbell set from a garage sale or walmart is all it takes to get started with your home workouts.

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  1. Georgi Mirazchiiski / May 11, 2013

    It is better when you bend your knees. You’re right man.

  2. Ralph Gabriel / May 16, 2013

    Oh hell! Another exercise I’ve been doing incorrectly all this time. Thanks

  3. JHA STAXXZ / May 21, 2013

    felt super gay watching the first workout

  4. Grant Dudley / May 26, 2013

    I have a pull up bar, but the doors in my house will not take them. Will
    these Barbell Rows be enough if I keep doing them to get me some wide and
    stronger lats?

  5. Evan Martin / May 28, 2013

    1:11 LOL

  6. Giampaolo Miraglia / June 4, 2013

    Scooby is the best, i learned more things from him than every other
    personal trainer here on youtube, he also have a great humor….greeting
    from Italy

  7. Asitha Chathuranga / June 13, 2013

    Have you tried “Smashing Ripped X?” (Google it) It is a quick way for you
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  8. Phuocc Boi / June 16, 2013

    Its a back exercise…

  9. ManchaVerde1983 / June 17, 2013

    u’re right. i know the bad fat is the reason that stopping 6 pack coming
    outside even we work out well. btw!but ye I saw an interview with body
    building champion where he talks about 7 odd foods he eats to keep his abs
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  11. lakecrab / June 24, 2013

    Scooby…I weigh too much to do pull-ups. Right now I am doing machine pull
    downs until I get my weight down and strength up. I have a moderately
    messed up low back, so rows are out. I’m screwed right?

  12. Purushothama Giddaiah / July 3, 2013

    u’re right. you can make your workout sessions much more productive if your
    eating the right foods to avoid fat and belly. Listen Do you know about the
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  13. Andre Ledo / July 5, 2013

    i cant do a single pullup without straps bro im too heavy

  14. pookomoo / July 8, 2013

    How do you explain the fact the Ronnie Coleman and many other pros always
    swing the bar like at 2:00?

  15. Nathaniel Butler / January 8, 2016

    Scooby, question, can you work Lats with this exercise by using two
    dumbbells instead of one barbell? I tried it and managed to maintain a
    proper form while attempting this exercise and i kept the dumbells aligned
    to each other. (not the metal ones, the ones with the black casing on each
    end), does that still serve the same purpose as long as the form is proper?
    Or if anyone can answer idk

    • ShyBoy6ty9 / January 10, 2016

      +Nathaniel Butler Put simply, yes. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a
      barbell, or two dumbbells; you’re still working the lats to pull the weight
      up to you.

    • Nathaniel Butler / January 10, 2016

      Thank you!

    • ShyBoy6ty9 / January 11, 2016

      +Nathaniel Butler You’re welcome. Make some gains.

  16. Marzon Legria / April 5, 2016

    once a week? can i workout my lats 2 or 3 times a week?

    • Marzon Legria / April 16, 2016

      ok thanks madafucka!. -_- ,,||,,

  17. Ahmad Memi / May 5, 2016

    sounds like his nose is clogged at all times

  18. Mick Mack / May 26, 2016

    You are the man Scoob. Thanks

  19. tyson fury / June 12, 2016

    respect from england

  20. Gregg West / July 2, 2016

    I use dumbbells for this exercise. I row with my left, resting my right
    knee and right hand on a bench. Reverse for rowing the right side. Reason:
    I feel far more strain in my lower back than I do in the muscles I’m
    actually supposed to be working. At 53 and not in anywhere near the shape
    Scoob is in, I’m just asking for back trouble if I row two dumbbells at a

    • Steve D / July 6, 2016

      He covered dumbell rows in a different video. He’s covered the way you do
      it already.

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