Let me ask you a question, how do you usually perform your shrugs? I'm guessing that you stand straight up, and with a pair of dumbbells or a barbell, you shrug the weight up and down.
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You possibly might even shrug the weight up and move the weight up in a circular motion with your shoulders. Check out the image below.
This is the traditional way of doing the shrug and it is an effective traps builder.
Now, Im going to pass on a tip that will make this exercise so much more effective.
Before I give you the tip, the next time your looking at the muscle magazines, take a look at how some of those pros perform the shrug.
This little movement is very subtle but it makes a world of difference in the results from the shrug exercise.
What Im talking about is making the shrug exercise a little more difficult to perform while reducing the amount of cheat thats involved in the exercise.
Im sure most of you seen dudes in the gym using 300 or even 400 pounds for the shrug but barely moving the weight up and down.
The problem here is that the target muscle group isnt being trained in the most effective way.
Ill tell you right now that you dont need to slap on 300 pounds to get the most from the shoulder shrug. Way too many times have I seen guys in the gym perform this exercise in the most ridiculous manner by using too much weight.
Alright, what is my shoulder shrug tip. Here's what I want you to do.
Stand up and pretend that you have a barbell in your hands. Next perform the shrug like you normally would. Shrug your shoulders up and down. Now, try this little trick. Stand like you normally would when your doing the shrug but slightly bend forward and look at your feet. Now try doing the shrug.
By doing this, you take out the element of cheating and you really increase the pressure and stimulation on the trapezuis muscles.
It's very important that you keep your chin down because this really helps isolate the trap muscles and you get much more muscle stimulation. Also, try narrowing your grip a little be about 3 inches on the bar.
Now, I'm going to tell you now that you won't be able to handle the same amount of weight that your used to for regular shrugs because you can't hoist the weight up. Instead, your going to have much more control over the weight and your going to feel much more stimulation in your traps. I suggest giving it a try for your next workout, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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