This exercise is great for shaping the shoulders and upper back. Often men and women will neglect the shoulders which is a shame as they are so important to our upper bodies and providing a strong healthy well rounded look!
In this version of the upright row I stand up tall to tarket the shoulder and traps more. Sometimes I will lean forward a little more to target the back deltoids and upper back a little more. Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter as I will do a video of this version some day as well.
I have heard from some people that they stay away from this exercise because it has hurt them. I may be wrong but I believe the shoulder is more at risk of injury when the bar is lifted too high. Personally I have never had an issue with this particular shoulder exercise but I do not bring the bar right to my chin for this reason.
As with most exercise momentum can be an issue with this exercise. Keeping the body tight and still can really help isolate and lessen the opportunity of injuring the shoulder.
Form & Safety
As always form and safety is extremely important. Injury is always possible. I have been doing movements like this for 26 years and adding weight is natural for me. Use caution and consult professionals. But keep in mind rule 2! Intensity is one of the rules I have lived by for over 26 years.
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