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I have replaced them with shrugs in my new workout, but after reading,

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/ss/slideshow-9-least-effective-exercises (slide 6)



I am a bit concerned.

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Upright rows are not necessarily "difficult" but too technical and most people just risk wrecking their shoulders doing them. –  Christopher Bruce Mar 17 '14 at 0:51

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I hadn't previously considered upright row to be dangerous, but I guess if you are using heavy weights and you don't have good technique, impingement could be a consideration.

There are so many option when exercising muscles, it's easy to avoid 1 exercise - you could do Reverse flye, shrugs, bent over row, they will all work the same muscle.

If you are concerned with protecting your shoulders it would be advisable to incorporate some work on your rotary cuff muscles.

These are small muscles that help to stabalise the shoulder and will definitely help to reduce injury risk

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There are certainly much better exercises you could be doing. I don't waste my time with upright rows nor do I ever get any of my clients to do them.

Bent over rows, deadlifts, dumbbell shoulder presses, etc.

As one of the articles say, instead of upright rows, do dumbbell lateral raises instead - and I'd agree with this. Dumbbell front raises will also be good.

Dumbbell shrugs (keeping the dumbbells by your side) aren't that bad either. It is a good isolation exercise to do and it doesn't put your body into any compromising position that I can imagine.

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My trainer told me to do them instead of shrugs on my back day, for the traps. Otherwise I follow lateral and front raises on shoulder day. Can't I just leave them out then? –  Prakash Wadhwani Mar 15 '14 at 10:15
Yes upright row and shrugs are for your traps. Lateral raises for shoulders –  Tracy at 2bactive Mar 27 '14 at 16:35

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