Category Archives: Trapezius

BARBELL SHRUGS

PURPOSE OF EXERCISE: To develop the trapezius muscles. EXECUTION: Stand upright, holding a barbell at arm’s length in front of you, using an overhand grip. Raise your shoulders as high as you can, as if trying to touch them to your ears. Hold in this position for a moment, then lower the bar, under control, […]

DUMBBELL SHRUGS

PURPOSE OF EXERCISE: To develop the trapezius muscles. This exercise can be done extremely heavy to thicken the traps, which really helps you in doing back poses. EXECUTION: Stand upright, arms at sides, a heavy dumbbell in each hand. Raise your shoulders up as high as you can, as if trying to touch them to […]

HEAVY UPRIGHT ROWS

PURPOSE OF EXERCISE: A heavy cheating movement for advanced bodybuilders to strengthen the entire shoulder girdle and upper back. EXECUTION: (1) Choose a heavy barbell and grasp it with an overhand grip, hands about 12 inches apart. Let the bar hang down at arm’s length in front of you. (2) Lift the bar straight up […]

UPRIGHT ROWS

PURPOSE OF EXERCISE: To develop the trapezius and the front deltoids and create separation between deltoids and pectorals. EXECUTION: (1) Stand grasping a barbell with an overhand grip, hands 8 to 10 inches apart. Let the bar hang straight down in front of you. (2) Lift it straight up, keeping it close to your body, […]