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We have had a number of emails and tweets regarding barbell upright rows, this, for many, causes discomfort, especially those with shoulder complaints of any description. So here we have a good substitute, the Upright Dumbbell Row.

One substitute exercise which we have utilised in recent times that is more comfortable and allows for a greater degree of movement is the dumbbell variation – the dumbbell upright row.

A simple postural adjustment on this exercise also effectively enables the exercise to be performed more comfortably, reduce the risk of shoulder impingement without compromising the range of movement. To do this simply bend your knees, push your bottom out and lean slightly forward (similar to a bent over row but remaining more upright).


For more punishing shoulder workouts check out our Brutal Boulder Shoulder Pack.