What Joint Movements Occur During an Upright Row?

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Certain joint movements are always going to occur during an upright row, which is part of what makes that exercise so effective. Find out what joint movements occur during an upright row with help from a fitness expert and certified personal trainer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Kristy Lee Wilson. I am a personal trainer and a performance enhancement specialist. My website is www.kristywilson.com and today we are going to talk about what joint movements occur during an upright row. The upright row is a compound exercise meaning it requires movement around more than one joint. It's a great exercise for the shoulders and the trapezius and it can be performed using a barbell or dumbbells. You want to place the hands close together or approximately shoulder width apart. To perform this exercise you simply lift the elbows up bringing the bar out towards the chin then slowly low it down. The first joint involved in this exercise is a shoulder joint. You can see as I lift my arms up and out to the side the shoulder joint abducts. The second joint using this exercise is the elbow joint. You can see as I lift my arms up the elbows are flexing. The third joint involved is the scapula joint. As the arms come up the scapula elevates and upwardly rotates meaning the bottom of the scapula slides up and out to the side laterally. So the three joints involved in the upright row are the shoulder joint, the elbow joint and the scapula joint. I'm Kristy Lee Wilson, and we just spoke about what joint movements occur during an upright row.

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