How To

Low Row


The Technogym pin-loaded low row machine is a popular piece of gym equipment designed to target the muscles of the back, particularly the latissimus dorsi. The pin-loaded feature allows users to easily select the desired weight by inserting a pin into the weight stack. Here’s a breakdown of how to use the Technogym pin-loaded low row machine:

How to Use the Technogym Pin-Loaded Low Row Machine


  • Sit on the machine’s seat and adjust it so that your chest is firmly against the chest pad.
  • Ensure your feet are planted firmly on the ground.
  • Select the desired weight by inserting the pin into the weight stack.


  • Reach forward and grasp the handles.

Starting Position:

  • With a firm grip on the handles, sit back so that your arms are fully extended in front of you. Your chest should remain pressed against the pad, and your spine should be neutral. Your shoulders should be pulled back.

Pulling Phase:

  • Exhale as you pull the handles towards your torso. Engage your back muscles, particularly the lats, and squeeze your shoulder blades together at the end of the movement.

Returning Phase:

  • Inhale and slowly release the handles back to the starting position in a controlled manner.


  • Perform the desired number of repetitions.

Muscles Used

Primary Muscle:

  • Latissimus Dorsi: The main muscle targeted during the low row.

Secondary Muscles:

  • Rhomboids: Engaged when squeezing the shoulder blades together.
  • Trapezius: Stabilises and assists in the rowing motion.
  • Biceps Brachii: Engaged during the pulling motion.
  • Brachialis and Brachioradialis: Assist in elbow flexion.

Benefits of the Pin-Loaded Low Row

  1. Targeted Back Development: The machine is designed specifically for the low row, ensuring optimal activation of the back muscles.

  2. Safety and Comfort: The chest pad and seated position provide stability and reduce the risk of injury.

  3. Consistent Form: The machine helps maintain consistent form, especially beneficial for beginners.

  4. Easy Weight Adjustment: The pin-loaded feature allows for quick and easy weight changes, facilitating progressive overload.

  5. Improved Posture: Strengthening the back muscles can contribute to better posture and reduced back pain.

Common Mistakes

  1. Not Engaging the Back: Ensure you’re using your back muscles to pull the handles and not just relying on your arms. Squeeze your shoulder blades together during the pulling phase.

  2. Rushing the Movement: Use a controlled motion to maximise muscle engagement and prevent momentum-based movements.

  3. Lifting the Chest off the Pad: Keep your chest firmly pressed against the pad throughout the movement.

  4. Overextending the Back: Maintain a neutral spine; avoid arching or rounding the back.

The pin-loaded low row machine offers an effective way to target the back muscles in a controlled and comfortable environment. As always, prioritise proper form and technique to maximise benefits and reduce the risk of injury.

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