barbell shrugs

Muscle Groups

Barbell shrugs are a common exercise for bodybuilders and strength trainers to develop their upper trapezius muscles. To perform barbell shrugs, the exerciser stands with their feet shoulder-width apart and their knees slightly bent. Then, they hold a barbell with an overhand grip, hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. They raise their shoulders towards their ears as high as possible, hold for a second, and then slowly lower the bar back to the starting position. It's important to keep the arms straight and avoid bending the elbows. Barbell shrugs can be performed with varying amounts of weight, but it is important not to lift too heavy and risk injury, particularly to the neck or shoulders. This exercise works to strengthen the upper traps, which can help with posture and reduce the risk of neck and shoulder pain. Barbell shrugs may also be incorporated into a full-body workout, particularly targeting the back and shoulders, and can be performed with other exercises such as deadlifts, rows, and presses.