Barbell Pendlay Row

In this video Head Coach, Adrian Ball, covers the barbell Pendley row. The barbell Pendley row is a fantastic exercise for the overall development of the back including the latissimus dorsi, rhomboids, traps and biceps. It is named after the man who coined the movement. American weightlifting coach Glenn Pendlay.


  1. Place a barbell on the floor, similar to a deadlift position.
  2.  Hold the bar at arm‘s length whilst it maintains on the floor.
  3. Draw your shoulder blades back to push out your chest, brace your core and bend your hips back, poking your bum out while maintaining a straight back and neutral head position.
  4. Allow your knees to bend naturally as you bend your hips.
  5. Contract your back muscles as you row the bar up to your abdomen.
  6. Slowly lower the weight back down to rest against the floor and stay bent over whilst performing your other repetitions.

The difference between a barbell row and the Pendlay row is that the bar returns to the floor at the end of each repetition during the Pendlay row.


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