Incline Body Row. How-to, proper form and tips

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The Incline Body Row is an easier variation of the Body Row with a bigger inclination. It strengthens the upper back and shoulders.

Video demonstration

How to and step by step instructions:

  1. Hold the bar with both hands, palms facing forward.
  2. Move your feet forward and straighten legs and core.
  3. Fully extend your arms, hanging in diagonal from the bar. This is the starting position.
  4. Bend your arms, bringing the chest close to the bar.
  5. Stay there a few seconds and extend the arms again, lowering yourself to the initial position.

Hints & tips:

  • The more horizontal, the hardest is the move.
  • Put your feet closer to the bar for a higher inclination, and thus an easier variation.


  • Works all muscles needed for the pull up, in a very light way.
  • Strengthen back muscles.
  • Very easy to adjust to your fitness level, by adjusting feet position.

Counting & gamification:

Muscles worked and body parts involved:

Primary , Secondary

Primary muscles: Shoulder, Triceps, Upper Back

Secondary muscles: Forearms, Chest

Other names

The exercise can be found with other names. Examples are:

  • Incline Body Row
  • Incline Inverted Row
  • Incline Bodyweight Row
  • Incline Horizontal Pull Up
  • High Bar Body Row
  • Incline Australian Pull Up

Body Rows progression

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1. Incline Body Row

Same as Incline Body Row

Muscle: Shoulder

Muscle: Triceps

Muscle: Upper back

Collection: Body Row variantions

Category: Bodyweight