What Is A Smith Machine Upright Row?
With most rowing exercises, you pull the weight towards your body, somewhat like rowing a boat. But an upright row is when you pull the weight up your body from your thighs to your shoulders.
Often, you do the upright row exercise with a free-weight barbell. But you can also do it on a Smith machine with vertical rails that guide the bar’s path.
This vertical movement path changes the body mechanics and muscles worked.
Smith Machine Upright Row Muscles Worked
During a seated or bent-over row exercise, you target the muscles groups of your back. But upright rows work the muscles of the posterior deltoid and upper trapezius.
Those are the muscles on the back of your shoulders and the muscles that connect your shoulders and neck. These muscles are also called the rear delts and traps, respectively.