How to Build Up Cannonball Shoulders
Q: I have a question about the upright row. Many people mention that the movement is bad for the shoulder capsule, causing shoulder impingement.
But I noticed one of your videos doing the upright row, I saw the bar was not that close to the body which most people do. Could you give some advice on this?
My Answer: The traditional upright row (with a narrow grip and pulling the bar close to the body) can cause and aggravate shoulder impingement. It also develops the traps more instead of the lateral deltoids.
The version that I show you is easier on the shoulders. By pulling the bar farther out in front of your body, the movement resembles a lateral raise as opposed to an upright row. This version of the upright row is essentially a "barbell lateral raise" and will build cannonball delts instead of pyramid traps.
I go over a numerous exercise variations to blow up the delts in Strength and Physique: High Tension Exercises for Muscular Growth.