Stephen Johnson wrote:
Is the upright row a pull exercise that can be used to balance out the shoulder press? .
The pull up is a better exercise, but a case can be made for upright rows in a routine for a lifter who wants to bring up his shoulders, particularly the lateral deltoid. Both overhead presses and upright rows involve the anterior and lateral deltoid. The difference is that in the overhead press, the anterior deltoid is the target and the lateral deltoid is the synergist. In the upright row, the reverse is true.
This ties into the shoulder thread. In the upright row, the arm is rotated down, while in the press, the arm is rotated up. That shifts the emphasis between the anterior and lateral delts. Both exercises still hit both muscles, just to a different degree. In this case, "balance" has more to do with shoulder development, not balancing push/pull.