The barbell row is great for building upper back strength and size, and it's also a great accessory lift to improve your deadlift. Here are a few tips and cues:
- Start with the bar on the floor. This will make the row have more carryover to the conventional deadlift.
- The bar should start directly over your toes. Stay tight and lift the bar about an inch off the ground to begin.
- Pretend you're squeezing an orange in each armpit. This will keep your lats properly engaged and keep your upper back in a good position.
- A little swing or body english is okay for advanced athletes lifting a lot of weight, but master the strict form first.