💥 Dumbbell Shrug ❌WRONG VS RIGHT❎

✅ You can have the biggest arms in the world, but if they’re not connected to some boulder shoulders or thick, tall traps, you’re going to look silly. Build the traps you want with these 3 movements!

Dumbbell Shrug
Dumbbell Shrug

🚨 Traps Training

✅ Exercise 1: The Shrug

You can perform this using a straight Olympic bar, dumbbells, the diamond/hex/trap bar, or even cables. The type of weight you use doesn’t matter, but how you perform the movement is what separates the men from the boys.

Shrug exercises
Shrug exercises

Obviously, I like the heavy volume approach. Picking the correct weight is the trick: let’s say you can deadlift that bar 10 times but the 11th rep would be ridiculously taxing and almost unachievable. If this is the case, then I believe you have the correct weight.

Once you select a weight, pick up the bar and then let it hang so you can feel a stretch in your neck and traps. You should feel some pulling, but no discomfort. When you pull up on the bar, make sure you focus hard on your traps. Don’t use your triceps or biceps and try to limit your shoulder involvement. Use that mind-muscle connection. At the top of the movement, squeeze those traps.

This amount of volume is tough, but you’re in this for the long haul. You may need a cheerleading squad to help you finish. Once you complete the first 50 reps, pat yourself on the back and regroup for the next two sets.

Dumbbell Shrug Tips
Dumbbell Shrug Tips

Exercise 2: The High Pull

Grab an Olympic bar and add weight that’s about 50 percent more than you would use on a strict-form upright row. Grasp the bar with an under-hand grip with your hands a little wider than shoulder width. Allow the bar to hang in your grasp. Then, lower the bar with your lower back arched and your butt and shoulders back.

The High Pull
The High Pull

When the bar reaches about two inches above the knee cap, use your traps, shoulders, hips, and legs in unison to bring the bar to your chest. Once the bar is there, gravity will bring it back down. Use your hips and legs as shock absorbers.

Traps exercises
Traps exercises

✅ Exercise 3: Single-Arm Dumbbell Upright Row

I like to use a weight-to-rep concept scheme here. Whichever weight I use, that’s how many reps I do. So, if I use a 50-pound dumbbell, I do 50 reps per set, per arm. If I bite off more than I can chew, I’ll challenge myself to take a rest-pause approach.

Dumbbell Upright Row
Dumbbell Upright Row

The important thing to remember about this movement is that it starts from the elbow. Imagine a string on your elbow, with a puppetmaster pulling it to move your arm. Don’t lose this concept—it’ll help your form when you get tired.

Leave a Reply