There has been a bit of talk about the “correct” way to do barbell rows.
Now, I am not saying that doing very strict form is not something we should strive for, but as you can see in the video below, even the great Ed Coan did what some would consider cheat reps (with 184kg /405lbs).
Both forms can have their place in training as they are almost different exercises.
I would go as far as saying that a bit of momentum from the start is tolerable, even on Pendlay Rows. As long as you finish the movement without doing the overly jerky motion at the top, when max contraction occurs.
TL;DR: Strict form is awesome. Should body English creep in, so be it.
Update: Paul asked Ed about the rows and here is what he said:
A little of both. I always felt that if I did them too strict, I only felt it in my arms from pulling with them too much. I pictured them like a rower in a boat. The movement stretches more and is a little safer. It worked for me!! Hope this answers your question. Take care, Eddy
There you have it, just as I said above, both can have their place in training.
Thanks to the anonymous submitter.