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I never liked that exercise. Sometimes I think they say to bring the barbell to your stomach, I don't know I think it's a pretty crappy exercise either way. I don't think it does your lower back any good though it helps to rest your head on something I think. Bent arm pullovers on a machine or leg curl bench is probably the best lat developer IMO. I do like seated rows though and I do them a lot. I do them with the bench press unit of my home gym with a little padded board that I rest my chest against and the board rests against the leg press arm with foot rest removed. But that probably helps nobody unless you have the same kind of machine. :um
 

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The dumbbell row is probably a better choice. You can support yourself with the other hand which is better for the lower back and you get a greater range of motion at the top.
 

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Well if you guys insist on doing barbell rows :b for what it's worth from the book Brawn on proper techinique...

Good technique means keeping the knees bent and the abdomen "sitting" on the upper thighs. The upper-body is at an angle of about twenty degrees to the ground. Keep the head up and grip the bar at about shoulder width. The initial pull is done by moving the arms, not by swinging up with the back to get the bar moving. If you yank at the bar, you're inviting trouble. Like in the deadlift, there's no yank.

Once the bar is well on it's way to touching your abdomen, or lower chest, then there's some synchronized movement of the upper-body with the arms-a smooth motion. Experiment with different width grips and pulling a little higher or a little lower. The grip can either be palms down(pressing grip) or palms up (curling grip). Form can be kept strict by keeping the forehead placed on a comfortable waist-high bench. This is a good way to learn to do the exercise without yanking the bar and putting your lower back at risk.
 
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