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Barbell Shrug

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Barbell Shrug

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Exercise Details

Main Muscle Group : Shoulders

Detailed Muscle Group : Traps

Type : Strength

Mechanics : Isolation

Equipment : Barbell

Difficulty : Beginner

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How To Perform Exercise

The barbell shrug exercise is performed to target and build strong traps.

Steps :

1.) Start off gripping the barbell with your palms facing towards your body at a shoulder-width apart level.

2.) Once you have the barbell in your hands, stand up straight with your abs drawn in and keeping your back straight, resting the barbell in front of your waist and keeping your shoulders dropped as much as possible.

3.) Raise the barbell up in a slow and controlled manner by contracting your traps and raising your shoulders.

4.) Shrug the barbell up as high as possible and hold this position at the top for a count.

5.) Return back to the starting position and repeat for as many reps and sets as desired.

Tips :

1.) Squeeze your shoulder blades together at the top of the shrug, making sure that you perform this exercise slowly and smoothly to prevent injury and get the most out of this workout.