Upper Body Exercises: Upright Row

This exercise stretches and strengthens your upper body. Before starting, read through all the instructions. During the exercise, breathe normally and use smooth movements. Stop if you feel any pain. If pain persists, call your healthcare provider.

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Grasp ____-pound hand weights in front of you with one in each hand, palms facing the body, and elbows straight.

  • Keep the weights close to your body. Raise the weights along the midline of your body up to your collarbone. Your elbows should extend out to the sides. Return to the starting position.

  • Repeat ____ times. Do ____ sets ____ times a day.

    Woman doing upright row exercise with hand weights.

Caution

If you have shoulder problems, consult your healthcare provider before doing this exercise. If you have a hard time keeping correct form, use lighter weights.

Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Thomas N Joseph MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Trina Bellendir PT
Date Last Reviewed: 8/1/2021
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