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I just started doing the Strong-lifts program this week, and while researching the correct movement for each exercise I got a little confused with the barbell row. in some videos I saw it being done with an underhand grip, and in others with an overhand grip. Is there a difference between the grips? If there is, then which one is recommended to do in order to get the best results from the Strong-lifts program?

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I do barbell rows overhand, like exrx recommends and like Arnold does and like this StrongLifts-doing guy does. I think underhand would turn them into curls when they're challenging.

StrongLifts specifically recommends against the underhand grip.

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NOTE: there are training reasons to use an underhanded grip for both rows and bench press--typically, these are for guys who have been training for a while and know what kinds of adaptations each allows. –  Berin Loritsch May 21 at 21:34

I am glad that you are venturing into the world of barbell rows. They are a great row in my opinion. To address your question, I have to go with the overhand grip.

To support my answer, I recommend taking a look at the video presented in this article The Bent Over Barbell Row.

You'll notice that during the bent over barbell row you lean over the bar and lift up, so using an overhand grip gives you a sturdier hold and a better angle to lift upwards.

I hope this helps you- Neil Cook

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