Are upright rows a safe exercise?

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Upright rows are a demanding exercise that many people use to build strength in the shoulders, but this exercise can place unwanted stress on your rotator cuff (small muscles that support your shoulders and cervical spine/neck). You should use caution with this exercise, especially if you have experienced neck or shoulder pain in the past. In addition, some individuals experience pain in the front of their shoulders when performing this exercise. In this instance, performing the exercise with a limited range of motion or stopping all together is advised.

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