Barbell Shoulder Shrugs
- Place your feet shoulder width apart and using an overhand grip at a little more than shoulder width, hold a barbell in front of you.
- Your arms should be fully extended towards the floor, palms facing in towards your thighs. This is the start position.
- Exhale and raise or shrug your shoulders up in a slow controlled movement. Do not use your biceps to assist in lifting the barbell.
- Continue as high as possible then hold for a count of one.
- Return to the start position in a smooth movement, inhaling as you do so.
- Pause then repeat.
You can rotate your shoulders when performing this exercise. However this is not recommended for people with shoulder problems.
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Barbell shoulder shrugs is a gym work out exercise that targets neck & upper traps and also involves shoulders and upper back & lower traps. Refer to the illustration and instructions above for how to perform this exercise correctly. Neck stretch, farmer’s walk / carry and lying face down plate neck resistance are related exercise that target the same muscle groups as barbell shoulder shrugs. Visit our directory for more exercises.
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