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Upright Barbell Row

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Type: Strength Main Muscle Worked: Shoulders Other Muscles: Traps Equipment: Barbell Mechanics Type: Compound Level: Beginner Sport: NoForce: Pull
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Upright Barbell Row Guide

Main Muscle: Shoulders

  1. Grasp a barbell with an overhand grip that is slightly less than shoulder width. The bar should be resting on the top of your thighs with your arms extended and a slight bend in your elbows. Your back should also be straight. This will be your starting position.
  2. Now exhale and use the sides of your shoulders to lift the bar, raising your elbows up and to the side. Keep the bar close to your body as you raise it. Continue to lift the bar until it nearly touches your chin. Tip: Your elbows should drive the motion, and should always be higher than your forearms. Remember to keep your torso stationary and pause for a second at the top of the movement.
  3. Lower the bar back down slowly to the starting position. Inhale as you perform this portion of the movement.
  4. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Variations: This exercise can also be performed using a straight bar attached to a low pulley and it can also be performed using dumbbells, though this later exercise should be reserved by people that are well familiarized with correct execution.

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Nov 23, 2016 3:05 AM: There are several ways to fix the form of the uright row to avoid shoulder impingement. One other way is to make sure you move your scapular correctly with the movement and also get some external rotation in there, that way you can go as high as your neck. Also make sure your elbows point out to the...+See More

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Nov 19, 2016 7:13 AM: Why on earth would anyone do this exercise? You are taking a very high risk (for the shoulder joint) for a benefit that is the same if not less than overhead press or dumbbell raise. As a personal trainer, if I gave this exercise to a client I would probably get fired even if they don't get injured....+See More

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Nov 19, 2016 7:13 AM: Why on earth would anyone do this exercise? You are taking a very high risk (for the shoulder joint) for a benefit that is the same if not less than overhead press or dumbbell raise. As a personal trainer, if I gave this exercise to a client I would probably get fired even if they don't get injured....+See More

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Nov 19, 2016 7:12 AM: Why on earth would anyone do this exercise? You are taking a very high risk (for the shoulder joint) for a benefit that is the same if not less than overhead press or dumbbell raise. As a personal trainer, if I gave this exercise to a client I would probably get fired even if they don't get injured....+See More

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Nov 16, 2016 2:47 AM: Be cautious of this one. I dont say an exercise is bad to follow the crowd, but I don't feel right performing upright rows this way. I prefer to take a wider grip, lean very slightly forward and pull no higher than lower chest level, focusing on my delts rather than traps. Even then I use a lighter...+See More

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Jun 21, 2016 4:23 PM: Dislocated my shoulder doing this exercise, use this article to find alternatives
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Feb 11, 2016 1:27 PM: If you're looking to destroy the tendons in your shoulders and end up missing out on months of gains, then this is the exercise for you.

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Aug 19, 2015 3:34 AM: ONE way trip to shoulder injury. The better way to do this is with light weight and hand end above shoulder. So same movement with hands turned up a little.
Seriously google "exercises that belong in iron grave yard"

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8/10

Aug 17, 2015 2:49 AM: If done properly....this is one of the best.......one of my favorite though!!!!
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Jul 6, 2015 11:51 AM: Don't do this exercise. You can find out why in this article: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/betteru26.htm

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