Overdoing it with Trap Exercise?? Whatya think?
- 06-27-2010, 12:37 AM
Overdoing it with Trap Exercise?? Whatya think?
Just wanted some input and advice on my Trap exercise. I think i may be overdoing cause i get really sore for like 3 days after i do my trap exercises (mainly my traps and neck). And i only do this once a week. Dumbbell shrugs i pyramid up to about 120 130 5 sets. And ez bar shrugs i pyramid up to about 180 and do about 7 sets of those. Been working out for a little over a year now. I do a lot of sets cause my traps R lacking (they are finally getting bigger though)! Am i over training my traps? Whatya think? Lighter weight, fewer sets? And of course i do other shoulder exercises when i am working out shoulders. Just wanna know what ya think about my trap exercises, thanks!
- 06-27-2010, 12:40 AM
haha you answered your own question, if they're catching up to your other bodyparts they are most likely benefiting from the extra effort! Good work!
I really like performing eccentric based deadlifts/rack pulls to get that deep tear in the traps, maybe you could just swap out some lifts to keep things fresh?
- 06-27-2010, 01:29 AM
Yeah well the thing is working them out hard 4 so long they should be bigger. I think my traps have gotten used to the same 2 shrug exercises, possibly. And am limited to exercises as i work out from home. As far as deadlifts that would be nice, but im not a veteran bodybuilder yet and i hear that if you dont have good form u can really mess up your back from those. I really dont wanna end my bodybuilding career short, lol.
06-27-2010, 02:23 PM
I was shown a nice trick by a bb at my gym. He holds 2 dumbells in front of his abs like hes getting read to do DB lateral raises, then he shrugs. It definitely hits the traps at a different angle. What about upright rows? They work traps as well
06-27-2010, 02:27 PM
06-27-2010, 07:20 PM
07-28-2010, 11:28 AM
In my experience traps are one of those muscles that you need to completely destroy with lots of sets and heavy weights. Using wraps also really upped my size and strength drastically. Don't be afraid to hit them from different angles. Traps are on your back technically so I have found it beneficial to do some sets behind the body as well as in front.
07-28-2010, 01:44 PM
In my opinion heavy deadlifts and rowing movements will make up the base of your trap training. Shrugs and other isolation movements are then just the finishers for your trap work. Go to any powerlifting meet and you'll see plenty of people with pretty big traps, yet most don't do any more than 2-3 sets of shrugs per week with a moderate weight. They do perform lots of heavy pulls (deadlifts, rack pulls, etc...) and plenty of heavy rowing movements.
If you don't know how to DL correctly, learn how and start deadlifting. If you want other training ideas do an internet search for "The Yoke + Jim Wendler".
07-28-2010, 05:58 PM
I wish that was an option 4 me. I workout from home in the second floor guest bedroom. I have the equipment but i really dont wanna put a hole through the floor, lol! Im actually making good progress though with the ez bar and dumbell shrugs and rows- (palms up and down). Im up to 200lbs on the ez bar now. I could prob. shrug more but gravity is a Mother F'er! ha. I find it hard to hold that much weight for so many reps and sets. gravity takes a toll on my shrugs!
07-28-2010, 06:32 PM
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07-29-2010, 10:31 AM
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07-29-2010, 11:10 AM
07-29-2010, 10:28 PM
3 sets really aint crap! BUT.. If you do 3 sets a week for years it adds up, your taps will grow. They will grow slow with those few sets but they will indeed grow!
07-30-2010, 02:28 PM
07-30-2010, 02:43 PM
I guess I'm lucky with traps. Heavy bent over rows and DLs are all they need. Shrugging always seemed like such a boring excersize...
07-30-2010, 03:14 PM
07-30-2010, 04:17 PM
Haha, well I did the isolations like shrugs in the past. Once I started doing heavy rows and deads my traps took off. So I just stopped doing shrugs.
07-30-2010, 04:27 PM
07-30-2010, 05:22 PM
07-30-2010, 05:31 PM
Dead lifts are direct traps work. It's not isolated, but it's as direct as saying squats are direct quad work. Other muscles are heavily involved, but the traps are one of the major, MAJOR players in a dead lift.
and to be fair, you never mentioned deads and rows, you just said 3 sets of shrugs, which I found odd myself. Dead, rows and shrugs combined, yes, you have a solid program for blowing up your traps. BB rows tax the traps as well. Your traps begin at the upper/middle of your back, not just around the neck. Deads will actually have a more profound effect on traps then shrugs. You only hit the top portion of the traps with shrugs, Deads hit the other 3/4 portion of the traps and takes the traps stimulation through maybe an 80% greater ROM.
It's all good though, no need to get upset. I'd take your BF% over my traps.
NSCA - CSCS
07-30-2010, 06:11 PM
Don't worry. My back is the only body part on me that appears to be like that. Everything else needs direct work after the compound movments.
Sometimes I wish it was other parts(delts/arms). But being that I like big traps and that I find shrugs so boring. I'm glad my traps do well enough without them.
07-30-2010, 06:16 PM
08-07-2010, 08:33 PM
I feel your pain as my traps don't seem to want to grow very well. I too have to do a lot of work for them to get any bigger. I would suggest that you do a variety of trap type exercises, and to take from Jim Wendler, on stuff like triceps pushdowns, also be shrugging your traps real hard the whole time. In addition, stuff like upright rows (if your shoulders can handle them), incline shrugs, etc are useful. Don't JUST shrug for traps.
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