Inclusive Exercise | Barbell Bent Over Row

Specialty Athletic Training began in 2007 when Ryan Lockard started working as a 1:1 aide for a boy with autism. Ryan immediately noticed that physical education goals were set much lower for his new autistic student than his peers.
Now with 4 locations, one of which is inside the Stephen’s Place building, Specialty Athletic Training serves people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Every week, they use their knowledge to serve up quick #wellnesswednesday tips and inclusive exercises for every ability level. For this week’s inclusive exercise, we have the Barbell Bent Over Row.

Barbell Bent Over Row Instructions:

1) Starting position:

  • Grip the bar with palms facing the body and hands right outside of shoulder width
  • Slightly bend the knees and hinge forward at the hips
  • Keep torso rigid and chest up, as well as keeping the back flat
  • Barbell should be hanging above toes and eyes gazing forward

2) Upward Movement:

  • Pull the barbell toward belly button until it touches stomach
  • Squeeze back together as barbell comes up

3) Downward Movement

  • Control the barbell back down into the starting position
  • Be sure not to let shoulder and back round during decent

4) Repeat 2-3


Ryan Lockard, CSCS, CFNS, is the head trainer and founder of Specialty Athletic Training. He is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, as well as by the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) as a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Ryan has worked with individuals with special needs since 2007 and has over 10,000 hours of 1:1 instruction working with individuals that have various special needs.