Should YOU add a mini-band to your rows? As the saying goes “𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐬”... . By adding a light mini-band around your wrists when you row, the band is pulling your shoulders in to more 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 and 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 as you pull. The result would be more activation of those muscles and fibers responsible for shoulder 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐛𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 and 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. Makes sense. . Using a mini-band for your rows doesn’t necessarily make it “better”. Especially when you consider you’d likely be able to lift more if you didn’t have the mini-band. . But, a mini-band does offer a 𝐝𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐥𝐨𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 (it’s pulling your wrists together) which can be useful for 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 of otherwise neglected areas of your back and shoulders (e.g., middle fibers of the trapezius, posterior delts, 3/4 of your rotator cuff muscles). . Considering the 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐲 of your upper back and shoulders this can be a useful method to add in from time to time. See every time you do these as making little deposits in to your retirement fund. . As a 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲𝐛𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐝, truth be told there are better options. That being said if you’re limited on dumbbell or kettlebell weight, a mini-band set up like this is a good way to challenge your rows and hit your back harder. . 𝐎𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞: Bent-over, head-supported on bench, bent-over hips against the wall, seal rows, kettlebells, different grips (semi-underhand works well), try using it with inverted rows.