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Old 09-21-2011, 10:21 AM   #1
Lewis Michaels
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pendlay row @ 155lbs form check

Is this what a Pendlay row is supposed to look like? I am not sure I am doing the right thing with my back. I read Glenn's advice to "arch the upper back while keeping the lower back straight", but don't know if this is right.

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Old 09-21-2011, 12:09 PM   #2
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Re: pendlay row @ 155lbs form check

Doesn't look too bad to me but I'm no expert. Two things.

1. You seem to start with bent arms. When the bar is on the floor I think you're suopssed to have straight arms.

2. Where is the bar touching you on your torso? It seems it's too high, or too far forward from the sideview? Did you feel it pulling you forward/down? Your forearms didn't look vertical at the top, and I think they should, meaning they should hang straight down and not angled forward as you would if you were trying to bring the bar to your chest instead of your upper stomach.

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Old 09-21-2011, 12:21 PM   #3
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Re: pendlay row @ 155lbs form check

I think your supposed to keep your head neutral as well. You seem to be whipping it up and back on each rep.
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Old 09-22-2011, 04:25 AM   #4
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Re: pendlay row @ 155lbs form check

@Arturo and @Daniel: many thanks for your help. I will be sure to keep all your points in mind when I train again tomorrow.

Two brief questions:

1- So does what I am doing with my back (ie, my attempt to move the upper back but not the lower back) look ok to you?

2- @Daniel: I hadn't noticed what you pointed out about the head. But can you arch your upper back while keep the head down? I am trying now and am not sure that works (for me).

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Old 09-22-2011, 07:03 AM   #5
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Re: pendlay row @ 155lbs form check

Lewis: yes Glenn clearly says that in his instructions, to actively extend the upper back but leave the lower back motionless throughout the pull. As you go heavier, this gets very hard to do perfectly.

And yes, you can extend the upper back without looking up. Think of making a big chest.. you can do this while at the sametime trying to make a "double chin" with your head, for example.
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