kettlebell bent-over rows Muscles Worked

The bent-over row is a horizontal pull motion that primarily targets the upper back musculature. Because a static bent-over position is required, the lower back and abdominals also must engage to avoid torso movement.

Diagram of primary and secondary muscles worked from Kettlebell bent-over rows

Muscles Targeted

Primary Muscles

Traps Upper Back Shoulders

Secondary Muscles

Lower Back Triceps Abs

How to do Kettlebell bent-over rows

Begin standing with the feet hip distance apart and hold a kettlebell in each hand with a neutral grip (palms facing each other).

Hinge the torso forward to 45-degrees with the arms straight and a slight bend in the knees.

Row the kettlebells back and up as you squeeze the shoulder blades together.

Pause for a moment at the top before lowering the kettlebells back down to the start position.

Repeat for the desired repetitions.


Animation of how to do Kettlebell bent-over rows