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Shrug with a barbell – the most popular exercise for pumping trapezius muscles. It is the basis for growth and increasing the thickness of the trapezoids together with the neck. In bodybuilding and fitness, the Shrug increase the volume of the upper back and neck, emphasize the musculature of the trapezius muscle and deltas, draw a clear separation between them during the drying period. There is another option – the dumbbell with dumbbells.
Shrug with a bar in the front: technique of execution
- Approach the barbell, put your feet shoulder width apart, slightly bent at the knees. This will be the starting position.
- With a straight grip (from above), remove the bar from the racks, keeping the distance between the palms slightly wider than the width of the shoulders. If the barbell is initially located on the floor, lift it with a dead deadlift.
- Stand straight, straighten, spread your shoulders, a little bend in the lower back, put your chest forward.
- Lift the chin up to the parallel with the floor and look straight ahead.
- Take a breath, hold your breath and without leaning forward or back, without bending your arms in the elbows, lift your shoulders as high as possible towards the ears. Imagine that you just shrug your shoulders, not knowing the answer to the question asked.
- At the top, exhale and sustain a small two second break and return to the starting position.
- Lower the shoulders as low as possible without moving other parts of the body. At the endpoint, the muscle amplitudes should be as tight as possible.
- Smoothly repeat the exercise with the required number of approaches (usually 8-10 repetitions).
Whichever version of the Shrug is used, one should never rotate the shoulders so that there is no trouble with the shoulder joints.
- Shrug – are an isolating exercise that is more suitable for experienced athletes at a serious level of preparation, but beginners should also pay attention to their central part of the back. Regular use of the Shrug with the barbell in the arsenal of training will thank the powerful neck and the distinctly convex top of the back.