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Old 03-22-2012, 06:38 PM
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Default Effectiveness of barbell upright rows?

For whatever reason, I do not feel like barbell upright rows are very effective. I have had several people judge me as I do them, all of them saying I execute with perfect form. I know this exercise is supposed to be a superior shoulder exercise, but I just don't get sore or feel a pump when I do them, even after 6 sets to failure with drop sets. Anyone have a similar problem, or able to recommend an alternate exercise?
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If an exercise doesn't work for you, ditch it.

Out of curiousity, why do you think they are superior?

Get strong in the Overhead Press and your shoulders will thank you.
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If an exercise doesn't work for you, ditch it.

Out of curiousity, why do you think they are superior?

Get strong in the Overhead Press and your shoulders will thank you.
I had just read over and over again by various bodybuilding sources that this exercise is very effective, and it seems like every shoulder training program I come across implements the upright row primarily. Also, I had been doing Jacob Wilson's 24 workout mass blitz, which calls for a high volume of this exercise. Also, what type of grip would you say is most effective for upright rows in terms of deltoid growth?
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Try doing them with dumbbells instead of the bar.
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If you insist on doing them, try what Ratcat mentioned, dumbbells. Another good alternative would be on a cable machine with a rope attachment since this allows a very natural range of motion. Or you can do an upright row with bands and the tension will increase as you pull making it pretty effective as well. I personally would ditch the barbell version.
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If you insist on doing them, try what Ratcat mentioned, dumbbells. Another good alternative would be on a cable machine with a rope attachment since this allows a very natural range of motion. Or you can do an upright row with bands and the tension will increase as you pull making it pretty effective as well. I personally would ditch the barbell version.
Sounds good. Thanks for the advice.
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Sounds good. Thanks for the advice.
No problem, follow up in a few weeks and post how it goes.
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Try close grip with ez bar. B carefull of rotar cuff tho I did these and behind the neck presses for years and have had probs with rotar cuff from them. But close grip on ez bar will scorch them trust me. I liked to go up a bit higher it hit my traps at same time and killed two birds with the one stone
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Power Cleans, Shrugs and high pulls are better because you can use more weight. I still use bb upright rows from time to time though.
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