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Old 09-22-2014, 01:01 PM   #1
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Are upright rows dangerous? Iím asking as Iím thinking of incorporating them into my routine. I havenít done them in ages, so they would be good for something different. But I remember reading somewhere a while back that they are dangerous for the shoulder, so I did some Googling and found the following and many similar pages. The last two exercises I do regularly without problems, so I donít know if what it says about upright rows is true or not:
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Old 09-22-2014, 01:33 PM   #2
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There are a few different ways to do them and I think that has a huge effect. I like to grab a bar just outside shoulder width them simply pull my elbows to the sky while also shrugging my shoulders. When I can't pull the bar any higher and still lead with the elbows that's as high as I go.

But honestly, I don't use them much anymore. I used to really like using the hang clean and press and I got a good pump out of it, but since then as I've gotten stronger I've gotten less out of them and had more pain and discomfort.

Honestly, at this point, all I do for direct shoulder work is seated OHPs, bringing the bar down to touch between my chin and my mouth. It doesn't cause pain and lets me lift a shit ton of weight compared to an OHP where I bring the bar down to my chest.

If I was going to use some sort of vertical pull I would do an explosive high pull from blocks, but that's less of a shoulder movement and more of a whole body explosive movement.
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I've done upright rows with some success in the past. I noticed I had to change my grip to leave my thumb on top before the movement felt more natural. I liked them, and never had pain doing them, but at the moment all I'm doing is Arnolds and Seated OHP for direct shoulder work.
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I have used them with pretty good success - I noticed if I widen my grip a bit and focus on a tight core and tight glutes - I get more out of them.
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I've been a fan of 1-arm DB upright rows ever since I first tried them.

Maybe give them a go, if BB upright rows don't feel right or whatever.
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Speaking from a powerlifter point of view - I do not see how they will ever help bring up any of the big 3 lifts. I also never see any powerlifters doing them. I do not think the bang for the buck is there at all with upright rows.
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Thanks for all of the responses. Youíve given me some food for thought. Iím not sure what Iíll do. Iíll have to think about it.
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