Barbell Deadlift Bent Row Complex

The barbell deadlift bent-over row complex combines two movements to target the posterior chain. It requires using a lighter weight than you could handle for heavy deadlifts alone, but doubles down on activation in the upper back, lower back, and glutes.


  1. Strengthens and builds the hamstrings, glutes, and lower and upper back
  2. Teaches coordination and moving the body as one unit
  3. Adds a cardiovascular and conditioning challenge to strength work

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Barbell Deadlift Bent Row Complex Instructions

Barbell Deadlift Bent Row Complex muscle diagram
  1. Approach the bar so that it is centered over your feet and place your feet into a hip-width stance.
  2. Bend at the hip to grip the bar using an overhand grip so that your arms are just outside of your knees and thighs. This will be your starting position.
  3. Keep your chest up and your back straight, and begin pushing through your heels to move the bar upward. After the bar passes the knees, aggressively pull the bar back, pulling your shoulder blades together as you drive your hips forward into the bar.
  4. Lower the bar by bending at the hips and guiding it to the floor.
  5. Then, quickly transition into a barbell row position by bending at the hips so that your chest is nearly parallel with the ground.
  6. Execute a barbell row by pulling the bar to your chest. Keep your core tight, and back straight as you flex at the elbows to bring the bar upwards to your sternum. Lower the bar to the floor by extending your arms. This is one complete repetition.
  7. Repeat a deadlift and subsequent barbell row to complete your second repetition. Repeat for recommended number of repetitions.