Lateral Raise vs. Upright Row

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The lateral raise and the upright row are two different exercises that both have their fair share of benefits. Learn about the lateral raise versus the upright row with help from an experienced fitness professional in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hey, welcome back to the Cave Camp. I'm Coach PJ at CPJ Fitness in San Diego, California. And today, I'm going to show you the difference between an upright row and lateral raises. Okay, now, I'm going to showy you the difference between lateral raise and upright row. Both target the delts, but in different ways. The lateral raise, you're going to grab two dumbbells. Stand hip-width apart, soft knees and you're just going to take the free weights and you're just going to take it about shoulder raise height, just like this, and right back down. Nice and easy, you want to use a comfortable weight that you can use, delts and shoulders if you will are varies, are much smaller muscle group, so you don't want to strain them too much, but just enough where you get a nice burn and bleed. And you'll notice when I bring that shoulder up here, we're working the outside of the shoulder, more on the sides of the shoulder. Now, when we grab an upright row bar or a straight bar here, you're going to have your hands about fist width apart, close grip if you will. Again, the same stance, so when I bring the bar up, just below my chin, I make sure my elbows go up high and there's your stroke on the upright row. The difference here on this is now we're going to target more through the lats up here, upper lats and in front of the delt muscle or the shoulder. So, there's your difference on the two different strokes. Both of them are great to build up the shoulders, but both target the shoulders just a little bit differently. Once again, I'm Coach PJ at CPJ Fitness and I just showed you the difference between a lateral raise and an upright row.


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