The dumbbell upright row is one of the best exercises for building the upper traps and shoulders.
Choose a pair of dumbbells and stand with your feet at around shoulder-width apart. Grasp the dumbbells with an overhand grip (palms facing down) and place them on your thighs.
While keeping your back straight, lift the dumbbells straight up in front of your chest, to just below chin level.
Keep them as close to your body as possible. Pause, and then slowly lower the dumbbells back down to the front of your thigh area, and repeat for desired reps.
Aim for 3 sets x 10–12 reps.
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