Machine seated row

The machine seated row is a popular exercise targeting the back muscles, particularly the lats (latissimus dorsi), rhomboids, and middle and lower trapezius. There is a wide variety of seated row machines, but most of them approximate the motion of a free-weight row, but in an upright, forward-facing position. Machine row variations are often performed for moderate to high reps, such as 8-12 reps per set or more, as part of an upper-body or back-focused portion of a workout.


  1. Builds size and strength in the latissimus dorsi, rhomboids, middle and lower traps, and biceps
  2. Can go heavier than most free-weight row variations
  3. Machines often have different grip options to choose from
  4. Easy to change weight for dropsets

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Machine seated row Instructions

Machine seated row muscle diagram
  1. Load an appropriate weight onto the pins and adjust the seat height so that the handles are at chest level. Grasp the handles with either a neutral or pronated grip. This will be your starting position.
  2. Pull the handles towards your torso, retracting your shoulder blades as you flex the elbow.
  3. Pause at the bottom of the motion, and then slowly return the handles to the starting position. For multiple repetitions, avoid completely returning the weight to the stops to keep tension on the muscles being worked.