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So we all know that dumbbell rows are good for your lats, but I am worried about the position you're in when performing them. You are bending over with a knee on the bench while pulling the weight up, and I worry if this can cause lower back pain. Is this a safe exercise for your lower back? That is my question. Thank you.

  • No, it would not if proper form is used. – Aizul Aug 11 '15 at 3:27
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No, as long as you maintain proper form, it's not dangerous, the only back problems you'll have is "how can I find clothes that my huge back fit into".

Every exercise put a strain on some joint and could thus be potentially dangerous. To me, it's a lot easier to maintain a neutral back while doing dumbbell rows than during a deadlift.

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Many exercises can cause back problems if done improperly. The bent over row with a dumbbell is not an exception. However, if done correctly, the bent over row is a good, compound exercise that strengthens multiple back, shoulder and scapular muscles.

To protect your spine:

  • Keep your back slightly arched and avoid rounding your back. Contracting your transverse abdominis (pulling your bellybutton towards your spine) will add support.
  • Begin with a weight that you can control throughout the motion and avoid jerking to lift the weight.

If you have a back or disc problem, you should check with your doctor or health care practitioner first.

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Like everyone said, Proper form is what is needed. If you don't maintain proper form and do warm up and cool down, there is a chance that you get injured even while walking on treadmill. So Warmup, Form, CoolDown.

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