6 Dumbbell Row with Weights Strengthening

10-20lbs 2-3 10 1 Hold at Top: Lower: 2 Rise: 2 45 sec to 1 min depending on exercise response
LOAD 10-20lbs
SETS 2-3
TEMPO 1 Hold at Top: Lower: 2 Rise: 2
REST 45 sec to 1 min depending on exercise response


  • Strengthen mid back, shoulder and hip muscles.
  • Increase lean muscle mass.
  • Encourage postural muscles to help align posture.

Targeted Muscles

  • Arm Musculature
  • Back Musculature
  • Deep Abdominal Core Musculature
  • Back of Hip and Leg Musculature

How to Perform

  1. Begin by placing your left hand on a chair or Swiss ball.
  2. Bring your right leg forward into a slight lunge position.
  3. Bend forward from your hips, being mindful to keep your back straight.
  4. Exhale and draw your belly in towards the spine to engage the core.
  5. Lower the left weighted hand towards the floor.
  6. To pull, retract the weighted hand shoulder blade towards the midline of the back, then pull the arm, bringing your elbow beside the rib cage.
  7. Hold and then slowly lower.
  8. Repeat

Common Challenges

  • It’s common for the back to round. Ensure the back is extended through out the exercise. If you are still unable to do this, it could mean your hamstrings are tight. Ensure to use the Hamstring Stretch before continuing.
  • The eyes and head may want to look forward, pinching the neck vertebrae. Ensure you are looking down and slightly forward on the floor. Encouraging a long back of the neck.
  • Many seem to pull initially from the arm, missing the back musculature. Ensure when pulling that you retract the shoulder blade first and then pull from the arm. Also, don’t pull the elbow past the rib cage.

Alternative Exercise Suggestions for Patients with an ICD

Ensure elbow does not go past the rib cage when pulling back. Also the planted hand should stay directly inline with the shoulder, not forward.