Smith Machine Upright Row Video Guide

Exercise Profile

  • Strength
  • Machine
  • Compound
  • Pull (Bilateral)
  • Beginner
  • Shoulders, Traps
Shoulders Exercises Diagram Target Muscle Group

Smith Machine Upright Row Overview

The Smith machine upright row is a variation of the upright row and an exercise used to target the muscles of the shoulders.

The Smith machine provides a fixed movement pattern to better isolate the muscles of the shoulders.

The Smith machine upright row can be incorporated in your shoulder workouts, upper body workouts, and full body workouts.

Smith Machine Upright Row Instructions

  1. Select the desired weight and load it onto a barbell.
  2. Unrack the bar by rotating the safety latches off the j-hooks.
  3. Inhale, brace your abs, and then lead the movement by driving the elbows high as you pull the bar to chest height.
  4. When the bar has reached its peak, reverse the movement slowly while controlling the bar back to the starting position.
  5. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Smith Machine Upright Row Tips

  1. Don’t lean back as you pull the weight up, keep the motion under control and don’t rely on momentum.
  2. This exercise may be contraindicated for some folks as they have a higher chance of impingement during the movement due to anatomical factors, shoulder mobility, and hand positioning.
  3. If you can, limit elbow movement to chest height to decrease the chance of potential shoulder impingement.
  4. If upright rows bother your wrists, consider a dumbbell, cable, or banded options as these place less stress on the wrists.
  5. As you drive the elbows high, ensure the head doesn’t jut forward.