Exercise Index – Motorcycle Rows For A Wide Back

It’s only been in the past few years thar biomechanical knowledge in the fitness industry has improved, and old school exercises that were previously forgotten are being rediscovered.

One such exercise is the “intermediate” row or pulldown. This pulling motion is done at a 45 degree angle, not perfectly vertical or horizontal.

The motorcycle row is one such example of this angle of exercise.

During the 1960s, the great bodybuilding coach Vince Gironda realized this angle worked exceptionally well for back development. While he has his athletes perform horizontal and vertical pulls, he also had them do these inbetween exercises like the motor cycle row. It’s not dissimilar to a @dante_trudel row in fact, the Lat recruitment is immediate.

While it might look funny, you can see very clearly have how effective this exercise is for latissimus and Teres major minor development. I credit this exercise for developing my posterior deltoid/upper back area.


While this exercise isn’t suited for heavy heavy reps, it works fantastic in the 6-10 or 8-15 rep range. Vince recommended 3-4 working sets.


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