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Barbell Upright Row (version 3)

Barbell Upright Row (version 3)

The Barbell Upright Row (version 3) is a compound exercise that primarily targets the muscles in the shoulders, specifically the deltoids and traps. This exercise also engages the muscles in the upper back and biceps, making it an effective choice for building upper body strength and muscle definition. To perform the Barbell Upright Row (version 3), you hold a barbell with an overhand grip slightly narrower than shoulder-width apart. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and keep your core engaged. Start by holding the barbell in front of your thighs with your arms extended. From here, exhale and pull the barbell up towards your chin, keeping your elbows pointed out to the sides. As you lift, focus on squeezing your shoulder blades together and maximizing the contraction in your deltoids and traps. Pause briefly at the top of the movement, then inhale and slowly lower the barbell back down to the starting position. It's important to maintain proper form throughout the exercise to avoid injury and achieve optimal results. Avoid using excessive weight, as this can put unnecessary strain on the shoulder joints. If you experience any discomfort or pain while performing the Barbell Upright Row (version 3), consider using dumbbells or a resistance band as alternatives, or consult with a fitness professional for guidance on modifications. Incorporating the Barbell Upright Row (version 3) into your upper body workout routine can help improve shoulder strength and stability. Remember to warm up before starting the exercise and give yourself adequate rest between sets. As always, listen to your body and adjust the weight and intensity as needed.


  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and toes slightly turned out.
  • Grasp a barbell with an overhand grip, hands placed slightly closer than shoulder-width apart.
  • Let the barbell hang at arm's length in front of your thighs, with your palms facing your body.
  • Keeping your core engaged and back straight, exhale and lift the barbell towards your chin, leading with your elbows.
  • Continue to lift the barbell until it reaches chest level, making sure to keep it close to your body throughout the movement.
  • Pause for a moment at the top, squeezing your shoulder blades together.
  • Inhale and slowly lower the barbell back to the starting position with control, fully extending your arms.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
  • Remember to maintain proper form throughout the exercise, avoiding excessive swinging or using momentum.

Tips & Tricks

  • Warm up before starting the exercise to increase blood flow and prevent injuries.
  • Maintain a proper grip on the barbell to ensure stability and control throughout the movement.
  • Engage your core muscles by pulling your belly button towards your spine during the exercise.
  • Keep your shoulders pulled back and down to avoid excessive stress on the rotator cuff.
  • Exhale as you lift the barbell towards your chin, and inhale as you lower it down.
  • Avoid using excessive weight that can compromise your form and lead to injuries.
  • To intensify the exercise, pause for a moment at the top of the movement and squeeze your shoulder blades together.
  • Control the speed of the movement to ensure proper muscle activation and prevent momentum.
  • Include this exercise in a well-rounded shoulder and upper back workout routine for optimal results.
  • Listen to your body and take rest days in between workouts to allow for proper recovery.


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