Credit: Photograph by Terrence Darvin

We pull on things all the time, but pull strength and stability are even more valuable for correcting the forward lean we develop sitting at a desk all day. There is no better tool for horizontal rows than adjustable fitness straps. Hung from any doorway – or even a tree – straps allow for a more efficient row than other methods because of the way they demand head-to-heel core stability.


  • Stabilize your spine by engaging your core, without arching or sagging; stabilize the shoulders as described earlier.
  • Pull upward until your hands come even with your chest. 
  • Lower to straight arms, never breaking neutral spine.

Advanced Move 

  • Increase the angle: Lower the straps – the closer you get to parallel, the harder the pull.