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    who wants huge traps?


    if you want huge ass traps, switch to reverse grip shrugs instead of overhand. both wide and close grip. i garuntee you'll see results fast.

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    very nice. i will be curious to see how this works for me. i love lifting traps. do u lift them on back day or what day?
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    I do them on shoulder day, but that's just me.
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    I have gigantic traps from heavy deadlifts. I don't do any shrugs. If i added them I would look like I had no shoulders haha.
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    I like to do my traps on back day...wish I can do deads but my lower back is shot...chiroprator time...!

    Gonna try out the reverse grip to see how that pans out, plus good to switch it up...
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    i have genetically bug traps and never touched a shrug. i looked at them as ego exercises..but was sooooo wrong. i wanted bigger traps, who knows why, and i tried shrugs, did them forever and saw very lil improvement. i switched to reversegrip and they went from big to gigantic. i do them on shoulder day.
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    i ment big not bug...silly me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky5145 View Post
    i ment big not bug...silly me
    I'm the same why...want huge traps...but now would you be able to go heavy with reverse or moderate and just concentrate on form?
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    i personally cant go as heavy. however i still make it as heavy as i can handle but also to where i can concentrate on my form.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky5145 View Post
    i personally cant go as heavy. however i still make it as heavy as i can handle but also to where i can concentrate on my form.
    Got ya...plus since its reverse grip that will throw your shoulders back and isolate the trap muscle more...thanks brotha!
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    anytime man, get them big traps!
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    I'm confused are you talking about doing this with a barbell or dumbells?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CodyK7 View Post
    I'm confused are you talking about doing this with a barbell or dumbells?
    either or...but prob better and easier with barbell
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    i was talking about BB here. i aslo do DB after close/wide grip. i just strap in regualr but do them yates style and bend my elbows a tad like a row and squeeze them up and back. this also makes a big difference. check out dorians trainning vid to see how im talking about if you want. i have the link that has the whole blood and guts video on it
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    my trap sit up nice and high deadlifts
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    i do a few sets of shrugs on DL day. for me doing both works best. i've also heard (i dont know the name) that "reverse shrugs" work well, where the bar is behind you instead of in front.
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    what rep ranges do you do? i incorporate the 5x5 into my weekly workout routine so im thinking about doing it today on 5x5 day...your thoughts?
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    i know what your talking about, ive tried them, not a fan personally. only because my ass it too big and its uncomfotable
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky5145 View Post
    i was talking about BB here. i aslo do DB after close/wide grip. i just strap in regualr but do them yates style and bend my elbows a tad like a row and squeeze them up and back. this also makes a big difference. check out dorians trainning vid to see how im talking about if you want. i have the link that has the whole blood and guts video on it
    I do them with dumbells in front of me and then do them out to the side.

    Quote Originally Posted by urbanski View Post
    i do a few sets of shrugs on DL day. for me doing both works best. i've also heard (i dont know the name) that "reverse shrugs" work well, where the bar is behind you instead of in front.
    I see guys doing these but I can't do them my butt is too big I have to like come out around my butt or arch my back which looks weird and I'm sure isn't good for my back.
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    Tonight, it's shoulders. I'm gonna give these a try. For my size, I think my traps are too small.
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    have at it man, youll love these in a few weeks after you see what they do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R1balla View Post
    what rep ranges do you do? i incorporate the 5x5 into my weekly workout routine so im thinking about doing it today on 5x5 day...your thoughts?
    i do reps betwen 6-10 with traps. i try and pause at the contraction aswell.
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    I see guys doing these but I can't do them my butt is too big I have to like come out around my butt or arch my back which looks weird and I'm sure isn't good for my back.[/QUOTE]

    haha, same problem here man, what i found works though, if you still want to do them, is go in a rack, and turn around so your out of the rack facing away from it. the bar is still in the rack up against the two posts behind you, step forward so the bar slides up and down the posts when you shrug and your ass wont get in the way. mine doesnt and mines gigantic.
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    using a underhand grip is potenially hazardous on heavy deadlifts as a supinated grip shortens the biceps and increases the load on them.possibly leading to a rupture of the muscle or connecting tendons.i know this is for deadlift but if you go heavy on shruggs i would worry about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky5145 View Post
    haha, same problem here man, what i found works though, if you still want to do them, is go in a rack, and turn around so your out of the rack facing away from it. the bar is still in the rack up against the two posts behind you, step forward so the bar slides up and down the posts when you shrug and your ass wont get in the way. mine doesnt and mines gigantic.

    Ok I might have to give that a shot when it's back to trap/shoulder day. I have decent sized traps I just want them to be taller not thicker.
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    nice man...i love traps, ill def be trying the diff grip on my next back day!
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    I tried these last night. They felt good...like more muscle stimulation.

    I remember why I don't usually do BB shrugs. Mashing of the "package" is not comfortable.

    I followed these up with leaning DB shrugs.

    How many sets do you guys usually perform for traps?
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    do bb shrugz behind the back....theres no package back there C:
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    Most people don't know how to contract anything on their posterior side, which is why underdevelopment is so common. To fully contract the trap, you must pull the weight up and back; many do the up part, but few do the back part.

    That being said, the best things I've found for trap size are deadlifts, high pulls, and seated DB shrugs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    Most people don't know how to contract anything on their posterior side, which is why underdevelopment is so common. To fully contract the trap, you must pull the weight up and back; many do the up part, but few do the back part.

    That being said, the best things I've found for trap size are deadlifts, high pulls, and seated DB shrugs.
    completely agree, thats why i started this thread and said reverse grip. i dont stand straid up but more or less close to a elevated rowing stance which gives me the oppurtunity to go up and back. sure i cant go as heavy but my traps get more stimulation thus they got huge.

    also, helps me avoid hitting my package like the guy mentioned above
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    Seated DB shrugs leaning slightly forward are very effective, as well - you need some forward lean to involve the rhomboids for packing on mass on the high posterior chain.
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    Ricky - That's an excellent tip about using the squat cage to keep the bar hitting the butt cheeks, I'll be using it soon. Repped.

    Also, I use a hook grip on heavy shrugs, with the thumb inside the fingers, because it makes it easier to focus on traps and not on grip/wrist slippage. It's a step between doing them raw and using straps. Just my .02.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmacho View Post
    Ricky - That's an excellent tip about using the squat cage to keep the bar hitting the butt cheeks, I'll be using it soon. Repped.

    Also, I use a hook grip on heavy shrugs, with the thumb inside the fingers, because it makes it easier to focus on traps and not on grip/wrist slippage. It's a step between doing them raw and using straps. Just my .02.
    thanks man i had to figure something out to get around my butt. how do you mean about this grip? i am very interested, thumb inside the fingers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky5145 View Post
    thanks man i had to figure something out to get around my butt. how do you mean about this grip? i am very interested, thumb inside the fingers?
    Yes, that's exactly it. If you want a quick picture, just google "hook grip deadlift" and you will get some good pictures. It's a trick used to lift heavy dead lifts, cleans and snatches, but I use it for shrugs too.
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    i know what your talking about, ive tried them, not a fan personally. only because my ass it too big and its uncomfotable
    Thats my problem to, i cant get the bar over my ass lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by hog928 View Post
    Thats my problem to, i cant get the bar over my ass lol
    did you read my section on how to do it effectively without hitting your ass? scroll back a bit incase you didnt, thats only if you still want to do them
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    [QUOTE=Gizmacho;2290720]Yes, that's exactly it. If you want a quick picture, just google "hook grip deadlift" and you will get some good pictures. It's a trick used to lift heavy dead lifts, cleans and snatches, but I use it for shrugs too.[/Quote

    ohhh i seee. thats very interesting. im going to try that grip and see what i think. i dont know how ive never heard of that before. thanks man
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    Holy friggin smokes, it works! I used the underhand grip today, and for the first time my wife said, "you look like a football player." I think that said it all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmacho View Post
    Holy friggin smokes, it works! I used the underhand grip today, and for the first time my wife said, "you look like a football player." I think that said it all.
    hell yeah man, im glad you liked them, keep it up and watch a huge size increase in the weeks to come
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    bro, im diggin my new trap routine thanks to you!
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