When it comes to building strong, shapely shoulders, exercises like presses and raises get most of the attention. But if you want to maximize strength and muscle gains — not to mention nail those coveted shoulder caps — consider adding the dumbbell upright row to your next shoulder workout.
Benefits of the Upright Row
Many shoulder exercises — namely lateral raises, front raises, and rear deltoid raises — place your arms in disadvantaged positions, thereby limiting the amount of weight you can use. The dumbbell upright row, however, allows you to lift heavier weight, giving your upper back and shoulders greater strength and growth potential.
“This movement pattern also strengthens the transition between picking something heavy off the floor and positioning it for a pressing motion overhead,” says Cody Braun, Beachbody fitness expert.