Put your back into it. That’s the idea with this movement that will build strength in upper and middle back, plus shoulders and triceps.
Beginner: Single-Arm Bent-Over Row
Stagger stance so right leg is forward, left leg is behind you. Bend right knee slightly and hinge forward at hip, resting right forearm on right thigh. With dumbbell in left hand, do a row by pulling the weight up toward the right side of torso, keeping arm inline with rib cage. At the top of the row, hand should be near ribs, not shoulder (it’s not a biceps curl). Return to starting position by straightening arm.
Advanced: Bent-Over Row
Stand with feet together and a dumbbell in each hand. Send hips back and bend knees slightly, hinging forward from the hip. Do a row with both arms simultaneously, focusing on squeezing shoulder blades together and using back to lift weights.