Barbell Shrug

A great exercise for building strength and size on those upper trapezius muscles. Due to the limited range of motion of this exercise, heavy weight may be used whilst maintaining correct form.

1. Hold a barbell with an overhand grip, hands just wider than your thighs.

2. Keeping the elbows straight, shrug your shoulders up toward the ears ensuring your core stays braced and your spine in a neutral position.

3. Hold the contraction for a second before slowly lowering back down to the start position.

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Tip: Use a wider grip to use different parts of your trap muscles, or use a dumbbell in each hand to continue working on equal strength side to side.

Please seek the advice of a GP, physiotherapist or a medically qualified personal trainer before commencing any exercise to avoid the risk of any injury. We do not advise performing any exercise if it exhibits any pain or discomfort in any way.

If you have any questions or queries about any of the exercises, please contact the Didsbury clinic (Manchester) to discuss with your physiotherapist or personal trainer.

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