Dumbbell Rows are a great complimentary exercise to go along with pull-ups, as they work a whole lot of muscles in your back. Here is how to do them at home with just a chair and a dumbbell.
What Makes Dumbbell Rows Great
Dumbbell Rows are a compound exercise that not only works the lats, those big back muscles that wrap around your back, they also involve the trapezius, the rotatory cuff, the rhomboids – basically your entire upper back. Additionally, they also work the biceps and forearms a bit.
How To Do Them
All you need is a solid chair, on which you rest the knee and hand of one side of your body. The free hand grabs the dumbbell and, with a straight back, you pull the dumbbell to your side:
As said in the video, it is key to not move your back when you do the exercise. I have seen people do dumbbell rows where the entire thing looked more like a hip exercise.
If You Don’t Have A Dumbbell
If you don’t have a dumbbell, you can of course substitute it with anything you can move in that fashion and that provides enough resistance. For a smaller weight, use a bottle filled with sand, if you need some serious weight, try a gas canister.