Up Right Row with Barbell

Upright Row with Barbell

The upright row with a barbell is a compound exercise that primarily targets the muscles of the shoulders, particularly the deltoids, and also works the trapezius and upper back muscles. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to perform the upright row with a barbell:

Video Instructions On How To Do The Upright Row with Barbell

Muscles Worked:

  • Primary: Deltoids (shoulders)
  • Secondary: Trapezius, upper back muscles


  • Barbell


  1. Set Up:
    • Load an appropriate weight on the barbell.
    • Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart.
    • Grab the barbell with an overhand grip (palms facing your body) and position your hands slightly closer than shoulder-width apart.
  2. Starting Position:
    • Hold the barbell in front of your thighs with your arms fully extended, and make sure your back is straight, chest up, and shoulders back.
  3. Execution:
    • Lift the barbell straight up toward your chin by raising your elbows to the sides.
    • Keep the barbell close to your body throughout the movement.
    • Focus on lifting your elbows high and keeping your wrists straight.
    • The barbell should travel in a straight line, close to your body, and the movement should end when the barbell is just below your chin.
  4. Top Position:
    • Hold the barbell at the top of the movement for a brief moment, squeezing your shoulder muscles.
  5. Lowering the Barbell:
    • Lower the barbell back down to the starting position in a controlled manner, avoiding any sudden drops.
  6. Repeat:
    • Perform the desired number of repetitions.


  • Use a weight that allows you to maintain proper form throughout the exercise.
  • Avoid using excessive momentum or leaning back during the movement.
  • Focus on the contraction of your shoulder muscles at the top of the lift.
  • If you experience shoulder pain or discomfort, consider using a lighter weight or modifying the exercise.

Safety Precautions:

  • If you have any shoulder issues or discomfort, it’s advisable to consult with a fitness professional or healthcare provider before performing upright rows.
  • Always warm up before starting your workout to prepare your muscles for the exercise.

Incorporate the upright row into your shoulder or upper body workout routine, and be sure to prioritize proper form to avoid injury and maximize the effectiveness of the exercise.