Dumbbell Shrugs for the Trapezius
Include These in Your Trap Workouts

Dumbbell Shrugs are a great trapezius exercise to include in your trap workouts.

Dumbbell shrugs are a great exercise to strengthen the traps, and you can do them with 5 pounds, 50 pounds, or more depending on your goals and strength.

The traps are an important muscle for carrying anything, whether it's a laptop, small child, or heavy equipment.

If your goal is to build big traps, use a super heavy weight that is very challenging between 1-12 repetitions.

And if your goal is to support your posture and just be more fit, use a weight that you can do 12-25 times.

Below are the pictures of dumbbell shrugs for the trap muscles.

Best Trap Exercises: Dumbbell Shrugs

Starting Position: Simply grab 2 dumbbells and hold them next to your sides.

Form: Exhale and shrug your shoulders straight up Hold for a brief second at the top and then slowly lower to the starting position.

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Personal Trainer Tips: Remember, this exercise can be used by both men and women. Choose a lower weight the first time you perform this exercise, and build up slowly.

If you do too much too fast with this exercise, you might find that your neck is really sore the day after your workout. Listen to your body and build up slowly.


The traps are an important muscle, so it should not be completely neglected in workout programs. When the traps are strong they can support the neck and shoulder.

Yours in Health,
Dr. Charles PT/PT

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