This Is the Upper-Body Strengthening Exercise Every Beginner Should Be Doing

Oct 22 2018 - 7:35am

When done properly, strength training is one of the best ways to build lean muscle [1]. If you're new to lifting weights, things can seem a little complicated, and that's why we're here. For some, starting out with dumbbells is easy, but others will find that they aren't really sure what to do. If you're the latter, we recommend starting out with your bodyweight to perfect your form, advancing to machines, then incorporating dumbbells into your routine [2].

If you've already got bodyweight movements down, a great machine to begin learning basic movements on is the Smith Machine. It's similar to a traditional squat rack, except the bar doesn't come off the machine. You can do a variety of exercises with it, like the upright row. It really works your trapezius muscles (the muscles in the upper middle part of your back) and is a complementary exercise to back and shoulders workouts.

If you're ready to strengthen your upper body and master another move at the gym, continue reading to learn how to do a Smith Machine upright row.

How to Do a Smith Machine Upright Row

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