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Shrugs

Shrugs are performed mostly by weightlifters as they strengthen the upper trapezius muscles.

 

Teaching points

  • Stand upright with your feet shoulder width apart and knees slightly bent.  
  • Hold a dumbbell in each hand with the arms straight by your sides and palms facing in.  
  • Keep your arms straight as you shrug your shoulders, aiming to lift the weight as high as possible.  

Variations & progressions

  • Barbell shrug - perform exactly the same movement using a barbell. 

Muscles worked

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