Jul 12, 2018 I was coached a rowing style decades ago that made greater use of the glutes, via a more open hip angle early in the stroke. It was not popular for a few reasons, but not due to ineffectiveness. A modified squat, I call a row squat hits this well. But nearly all who row rarely get that open hip angle. This greater use of the hip strength precludes or makes unnecessary the extreme angle and torso swing seen in much rowing. Considering the great strength in the hips, can the low back at extreme angle really be trained as well ? I know the whole world rows the other way. But visualize the rowing motion vertically, facing down. The way the drive is performed, it seems like the effort in the low back can not match what could be applied through better posture early in the stroke, using the glutes. That is how I was taught, and it proved highly effective.