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U-Rows/Shoulder Press - Antagonist?


#1

I have started pairing upright rows with shoulder press as my antagonist pair.

Any thoughts if this is to much exposure to the shoulder, and would be better to pair pullups/shoulder press?


#2

Both the upright row and shoulder press involve scapular elevation and humeral flexion/abduction; they aren't antagonistic at all.

Pullups would be a better choice.
Prone lower trap raises would be good as well.


#3

It really sucks when somebody as smart as Eric beats you to an answer, and writes it more eloquently than you would.


#4

thanks for the response and great answer!


#5

follow question - what would be the appropriate antagonist exercise for U-rows?


#6

Great Q, I've always wondered the same thing.

Glad to have ppl around here with answers. hehe


#7

Eric;

What are prone lower trap raises ?

Brian


#8

Push-ups / dips on a pull-up bar rofl. You know. Altough the ROM cam be pretty limited. Anyhoo, I found this to be a little better (and harder) than regular push-ups lol


#9

The exact opposite to an upright row would be dips with your body perpendicular to the bar (rather than parallel). I'm going to try this next time I do dips, to see if it's even possible.


#10

What about really ugly tricep pushdowns with a cable machine(gasp!)and a straight bar, just using the same path, only pushing the opposite direction than U-rows.


#11

This sounds better than my idea.


#12

But wy not use a pull-up bar? It's so much cooler to do this on a pull-up bar. And it works the abs :smiley: