Exercise of the Week - Standing One Arm Plate Loaded Row
Unilateral rows are among some of my favorite back exercises, regardless of your goal. Few exercises take the lats through an entire range of motion than single-arm rows; with this variation probably being my most favorite.
The reason I love the standing single-arm variation the best is because it maximizes tension in the lats through the entire range of motion. With a lot of other machine row variations, your ability to maximize the tension in both the short and long muscle position is limited by the design of the machine; either limiting the emphasis on the stretch, the contraction, or both.
With this variation, not only can you bring the weight all the way to the body - maximizing the contraction - but you can overload the stretch as well with no let-off in tension.
Regardless of your goal, optimizing muscle mechanics, loading, and maximizing tension should be key focuses of any training program if you want to get the most out of it.
What are some of your favorite, non-traditional exercises? ==============================
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