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Old 11-23-2008, 11:13 PM   #1
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Absence of rows

Why is it that rows don't ever pop up? The emphasis is on pullups and cleans, which I understand work the back well... but rows seem like such a fundamental movement (horizontal pull), just wondering why its never used.
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:09 AM   #2
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Re: Absence of rows

They are used fairly regularly, but not super often, at least on the main site WOD. It may be partially b/c not everyone has a rower.
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:45 AM   #3
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Re: Absence of rows

Are you talking about bent (Pendlay) rows or the erg?
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Old 11-24-2008, 12:41 PM   #4
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Re: Absence of rows

I'm mainly talking about Bent Over Rows (Barbell and Dumbell).
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Old 11-24-2008, 01:01 PM   #5
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Re: Absence of rows

To my understanding, there's potential for aggravation of the shoulder that you don't see in a properly executed clean and SDHP, and the exercises are close enough that you start to get interlapping form elements (you start trying to row the clean, for instance).
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:00 PM   #6
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Re: Absence of rows

I my opinion I think it's an equipment issue. As Gavin already said , chances are if you're not training at an affiliate (or any other kind of gym), you don't have a rower around in the house
The main site wod has to address the most population possible, and most of the population doesn't own a rower.
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:08 PM   #7
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Re: Absence of rows

Knees-to-Elbows, muscle ups, chest to bar pullups, deadlifts, cleans, snatches, climbing rope, swings... all these exercises and then some dynamically develop the mid-back very well. Then there are squats, overhead squats, presses, jerks, and other movements that utilize the mid-back isometrically. I think we cover the entire back musculature very well, just look at the development of some of the higher level CrossFitters. Very solid back musculature.
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:43 PM   #8
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Re: Absence of rows

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I'm mainly talking about Bent Over Rows (Barbell and Dumbell).
Totally skipped this one of your Sorry......

Then I think Brian said it all in this answer:

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Knees-to-Elbows, muscle ups, chest to bar pullups, deadlifts, cleans, snatches, climbing rope, swings... all these exercises and then some dynamically develop the mid-back very well. Then there are squats, overhead squats, presses, jerks, and other movements that utilize the mid-back isometrically. I think we cover the entire back musculature very well, just look at the development of some of the higher level CrossFitters. Very solid back musculature.
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:49 PM   #9
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Re: Absence of rows

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Knees-to-Elbows, muscle ups, chest to bar pullups, deadlifts, cleans, snatches, climbing rope, swings... all these exercises and then some dynamically develop the mid-back very well. Then there are squats, overhead squats, presses, jerks, and other movements that utilize the mid-back isometrically. I think we cover the entire back musculature very well, just look at the development of some of the higher level CrossFitters. Very solid back musculature.
I always thought it strange that we never do body rows, ring rows or any explicit horizontal pulling. You don't think that incorporating these would bring much benefit?
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Old 11-24-2008, 03:27 PM   #10
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Re: Absence of rows

I personally use ring rows quite a bit, I think they add a nice mix. I know many affiliates use them as a way to modify pull ups. I agree with the consensus that bent rows would be almost redundant with KTE, SDHP and Cleans.
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