On today’s episode fo Live Lean TV, I’m taking you to the gym to show you 2 tips to fix your upright row with barbell form.
The upright row is one of the best shoulder exercises, for men and women, to get lean and sculpted “Hollywood” shoulders.
If you’ve never heard or tried the upright row, I’m going to show you how to do perform it, pain-free.
Unfortunately when I recommend the barbell upright row exercise to people, they often complain about shoulder or wrist pain.
This can occur when the exercise is performed incorrectly.
It really is one of the best shoulder exercises, if you perform it right, based on your body’s anatomical structure.
If you’ve tried the upright row with barbell and experienced pain, I’ll be showing you 2 tips to fix your form.
Plus, I’m going to show you a safe exercise modification to add to your next workout routine.
This way you can build the shoulders you desire, without the pain.
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With that said, it’s time to get into the gym.
Again, one of the best exercises to get those sexy, lean, and sculpted shoulders is the upright row.
But here’s the thing.
The barbell upright row is great for your shoulders, but when performed incorrectly, it can cause shoulder and wrist pain due to certain anatomical situations with your body.
If you have wrist pain, complete the EZ bar upright row.
Using an EZ bar will make it easier on your joints and allow for pain-free movement of the weight.
Most gyms have them, but if you workout from home, here’s a good quality EZ bar on Amazon.
Hand placement is very important as well.
Be sure to grip the EZ bar where you would normally grip it while doing a bicep curl.
This means your index finger should be just on the outside of the lateral side of your thigh.
That’s the proper grip placement that will target your shoulders more than your elbow flexors.
When you hold the EZ bar with a narrower grip, you place more stress on the elbow flexors.
The second form tip while performing the barbell upright row is to not raise the barbell above clavicle height.
When you raise the barbell higher than your clavicle, it can put you at a higher risk of causing shoulder impingement.
Of course, creating an impingement in your shoulder is not an injury that you want to risk.
Follow these 2 simple form tips to help alleviate wrist and shoulder pain while doing an upright row with barbell.
A good exercise alternative to the barbell upright row is the cable upright row.
This movement allows you to move the weight more freely, thus making it easier on your joints, and causing less pain in your shoulders.
Here’s how to perform the cable upright row:
Give these tips and modifications a try to take advantage of one of the best shoulder exercises to get you “Hollywood” shoulders.
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