Many beginner programs like SS, SL and other 5 x 5 based programs all call for bent over rows. I was wondering what the more experienced members of the forum think about bent over rows in a beginners program. Personally I have found that bent over rows cannot be trained like other compound lifts - simply be increasing the weight - and that when training the back in general a bodybuilding approach of isolating the specific muscles is needed. I guess this is why 5/3/1 uses back work as assistance, rather than main lifts. Also, I find bent over rows one of the hardest exercises to properly engage the back in, rather than something like cable rows or even db rows. I find it much easier to just bicep the weight up. What are your opinions on bent over barbell rows in beginner programs?