Dumbbell Shrugs | The Go To Traps Exercise

Updated: Dec 6, 2019

Are Dumbbell Shrugs Any Good?

Is this go-to shrug exercise any good at building the traps?


Defiantly! So much so that I would actually recommend this exercise as one of the main exercises of your trap workout.

Similarly to other main trap exercises, this exercise will improve strength and power of the trap muscle, and other similar muscles surrounding the traps.


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Dumbbell Shrugs Exercise Instructions:

Target Muscle: Trapezius (Traps)

Exercise Type: Strength


Follow the guide below for a great way to train your traps, and all you need is a pair of dumbbells.

  1. Stand up straight with a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing your torso like your standing normally.

  2. Lift the dumbbells up and slightly back, but do this by elevating your shoulders while you exhale. Hold the contraction at the top for 1-2 Seconds. Refrain from using your biceps or other muscles to help lift the dumbbells.

  3. Lower the dumbbells back down to their original position.

  4. Repeat for your desired amount of repetitions.


Additional Variations: You can perform this same exercise with a variety of equipment such as bands, barbells or cables, and even using machines such as the calf-raise machine shrugs. You can also use a single dumbbell and work one side at a time, however for best results use two at a time.


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