Professor X wrote:
Why should you not try them at least once?
There is hardly one exercise that is so dangerous I would advise people against. I can’t think of one, to be honest.
I can. BTN presses taken all of the way to the shoulders or base of the neck have led to more shoulder injuries/surgeries than anything else. I have done them for years but I never went past ear level because of that. It is very difficult to find a very large bodybuilder who has done BTN presses for years who has had no shoulder problems because of that.
I would put upright rows next on the list but I will admit that some people may be put together in a way that won’t cause any problems at all with that movement.
What about upright rows done with dumbbells? I heard it was using straight bars with the upright rows that caused the injuries.[/quote]
I stay away from any type of upright rows. There are too many other alternatives for anyone to be worried about that one exercises. If you decide to do them, just be aware of the potential for injury. BTN presses, however, despite the risks, is still considered one of the best overall mass builders for shoulders. That is why I still did them but refrained from going all of the way down to the back of my neck with the bar.