Barbell Shrugs: We all want a perfect bigger Shoulder and Traps. Well, most of us do. They look great in a fitted white t-shirt, look even better out of them, and help compliment a well-defined torso. Yes, some people will say exercising your Shoulder and Traps in isolation is stupid. We understand, but some days we just long for the pump. And you know what? There’s no shame in that.
Equipment Required: Barbell
- Stand with your feet slightly apart, facing the bar resting on the floor or on a weight rack.
- Take an overhand grip on the bar (or an over-under grip if the weight is heavy), with your hands a little more than shoulder-width apart.
- Keeping your arms and back straight, contract your abdominals and shrug your shoulders upward and to the rear as high as possible.
So rather than beat around the bush, let’s get straight to it. If you want to build bigger Traps, these 10 exercises will help get you there. Perform them properly, and it won’t just be your Traps that start to bulge, your overall health will see an improvement, too.
So there you have it: bulging Traps can actually improve your health. So tell that to the next person who smirks at you when they see you on your third set of curls.
The trapezius muscle is a postural and active movement muscle, used to tilt and turn the head and neck, shrug, steady the shoulders, and twist the arms. The trapezius elevates, depresses, rotates, and retracts the scapula, or shoulder blade.