A favourite among bodybuilders and strength worshippers for building a thicker, stronger back- and with good reason, when performed correctly it’s one of the quickest ways to target your lats, rear delts, and mid back. The muscles that make you look thick as a brick from sideways on. Problems arise when your ego takes over loading the bar and what should be a long, smooth rowing motions becomes a short, quick drop to your mid thigh followed by a wild, full body effort to get the bar back to your hips. This is not what we mean when we say ‘recruit as much muscle as possible’. The fix? Begin with the barbell on the floor, or set a few inches off the ground, hinge down to pick it up and attempt to keep your torso as close to parallel to the ground as possible, throughout the entire rep. Keep your elbows tucked in and row up to your stomach with a smooth, controlled tempo. Squeeze hard and retracing your shoulder blades at the top, finishing under control, before reversing for 3 second count, all the way back to the ground.