b) The Swing. No lower body involvement. Barbell high pull. It combines a mini squat, standing calf raise, shoulder shrug and upright row. The dumbbell row is a type of bent over row that has a lifter perform rows with dumbbells, which can be beneficial for increasing range of motion of the row … The barbell high pull is an explosive upright row alternative. c) Arm and Shoulder Pull . While this IS an advanced exercise, it’s also a fun one, and it’s very useful for athletes from all sports. The True Shoulder Dilemma: Upright Rows vs. High Pulls Almost everyone who's ever touched a weight has had some experience with barbell upright rows gumming up their shoulders at some point, whether it was from going too heavy, using a weird grip width, pulling too high, or just doing too much volume. All these movements come together into one, smooth exercise. It’s basically the first part of a power clean. It can be done from the floor or from the knees, which is known as a barbell high pull … The dumbbell high pull exercise requires coordination. They were only hooks … The bar doesn't even end up all that high with the main upper body movement being the rapid shrug. Upright rows are all arm strength. 6. Arms had little relevance in the first pull ("a" above). George Kirkley described the pre-1968 pull very succinctly in the Manual of Weight Training: Basically there are three parts to the pull: a) The lift. High pulls are intiated like an olympic lift with the lower body (hips, knees, ankles). This is where your high pull should end: