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    Alright the other day I was at my local college. I went to workout with a couple of friends of mine. I always like going there because there is a good amount of really strong people. I was doing some back work, and some traps. I seen this guy doing shrugs seated on a bench. He was seating at the end of the bench, facing where the bar is racked. Then there was a bar on the ground, right behind him, he would let his back round a little, and pick the bar up. So the bar was behind him, and he started doing shrugs, real slow, with a thumbless grip. I asked him could I try them, and I did about 20 with 135. I got the worst burn in my traps ever, and today they are very sore. I was just wondering has anyone ever tried this exercise before??

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    Yes seated db shrugs. They make me sore
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    People also don't realize how much Deadlifts destroy the traps too.
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    No, they werent DB shrugs, he was using a bar, and it was behind the back. They worked about 10x better than any shrug I have ever done. Yes, I agree that deadlifts do make you traps bigger, but they make one trap larger than the other if you use a under hand grip. Mark
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    Quote Originally Posted by MEH89 View Post
    No, they werent DB shrugs, he was using a bar, and it was behind the back. They worked about 10x better than any shrug I have ever done. Yes, I agree that deadlifts do make you traps bigger, but they make one trap larger than the other if you use a under hand grip. Mark
    We'll agree to disagree on this one and I think you meant over/under grip.
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    yes, that's what I meant over/under hand grip. What dont you agree with not trying to pick a fight, just curious. Mark
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    My traps are the only muscle i ever quit working every now and then from getting "too big"My shoulders are pretty good too,but traps will get "too big".........................s o HA!
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    Deads are still king for trap workouts it mainly about the range of motion and the stretch. Dumbell Shrugs I just don't get the weight or range of motion to get a good pull on the traps. I also like close grip upright rows.
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    i stay away from trap work as well.. they grow too easy.. i wish the rest of my muscles grew like my traps.
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    Behind the back shrugs work well because most don't properly contract the trap while training. With the BtB grip, the trap has more tension on it and it is easier to bring the traps up and back for a proper contraction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MEH89 View Post
    No, they werent DB shrugs, he was using a bar, and it was behind the back. They worked about 10x better than any shrug I have ever done. Yes, I agree that deadlifts do make you traps bigger, but they make one trap larger than the other if you use a under hand grip. Mark
    I do them - behind the neck shrugs (or whatever you want to call them).

    I use half (or less) of the weight of a regular shrug.
    Seems to help with the width of the trap more than the height.
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    I like btb shrugs too.Thay emphasize the back of the traps more than regular shrugs.I and most people need to bring the back of their traps up.I have been doing btb (lee haney)shrugs one workout,then get on the chest supporterd row machine and shrug that way,where it's mainly,if not all the back of your traps working.Been seeing good results and am very happy,my traps are taking on a whole new full look
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    We'll agree to disagree on this one and I think you meant over/under grip.
    You have to switch under/over hand on each set.
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    The biggest traps I ever had was from just doing heavy deadlifts . I do like seated shrugs though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    People also don't realize how much Deadlifts destroy the traps too.
    agreed. deads is a really sick trap workout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad View Post
    agreed. deads is a really sick trap workout.
    i agree as well deads seem to be what has helped my trap growth the most
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    powerlifters have good traps,and you know they dont do any direct trap work
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    Quote Originally Posted by pantera101 View Post
    powerlifters have good traps,and you know they dont do any direct trap work
    I train traps, and I am a power lifter. All these guys train traps. So I was wondering what drew you to the conclusion that power lifters don't train traps? Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantera101 View Post
    powerlifters have good traps,and you know they dont do any direct trap work
    I was going to say, I know power lifters who trained traps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    People also don't realize how much Deadlifts destroy the traps too.
    exactly shrugs are a waste of time in my opinion, if u want your traps to grow deadlifts, specially with a snatch grip will rape the traps
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    Quote Originally Posted by LakeMountD View Post
    The biggest traps I ever had was from just doing heavy deadlifts . I do like seated shrugs though!
    listen up here.... LMD has some of the biggest traps Ive ever seen... that avi pic doesnt do them justice, although u r lookin good bro!

    I only do DB shrugs, cant do deads as I have a bad lower back and barely even do squats now between my back and knees.

    Ill have to try these behind the back seated shrugs. 135lbs eh? Ill start there I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MEH89 View Post
    I train traps, and I am a power lifter. All these guys train traps. So I was wondering what drew you to the conclusion that power lifters don't train traps? Mark

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    I thought all powerlifetrs do is bench,sq,and deads.Maybe variations of those,or things that are similar.I was reading one time how a powerlifter was talking s**t about a guy asking if he tried kickbacks,or something along those lines to increase tric strength to increase bench.He said what the hell would a 60lb db do that a 600Lb bb hasn't or wont do.I thought all pl do is heavy ass lifts and weird variations,like lockouts,board press,chains,bands,I had no clue they would do direct trap work.Their is an ex powerlifetr at my gym who tore a pec,and all i ever see him do is bench,flat,inc,and cardio,yet he has good traps,so i figured that came from deads,and a little from sq's.Sorry for the ignorance,i don't know much about powerlifetrs,other than all they care about is lifting heavy ass weights,or atleast that is how they are portrayed.
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    Power lifters do train assistance. But most of there energy goes into the main lift, the squat, bench, deadlift. The assistance they do is just to complement there main lift. They dont spend 30 minutes doing dumbbell flys bring up the outer portion of there chest. If they just benched they might do some triceps for strength, and recovery, then some forearms thats probably it. They're assistance is used to help them increase there core lift. If you do to much direct benching you'll get over trained, so you have to do some assistance. Hope that helps. Mark
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    Example-
    Monday- Heavy squat, deadlift, GHR, shrugs.
    Tuesday- Bench press, skull crushers, pressdowns, forearms.
    Thursday- squat, deadlift. light weight. upper back work.
    Firday- speed bench, and then lock out work. forearms
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    rack deads hit them very hard. i like behind the back shrugs as well.
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    When I'm feeling really lazy I like to do seated Deadlifts...
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    Yeah I do them behind the back on the smith machine sometimes, but I do traps maybe twice a month because they grow to easy and huge traps make you look narrow.
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    I'm surprised no one has even mentioned power cleans. By far (at least for me) the best exercise for traps I have ever done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emerge View Post
    I'm surprised no one has even mentioned power cleans. By far (at least for me) the best exercise for traps I have ever done.
    Completely agree.

    Although they have to perform the exercise correctly . I see SOOOO many people doing every type of clean completely wrong.
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    The only trap exercises I've ever done until very recently were power cleans and upright rows, and I've got to say, my traps are by far my best body part. Overpoweringly so. I've just been doing behind the back shrugs and some db shrugs as of late to build more thickness on the back/trap/rhomboid tie ins because from the front they're almost TOO big.

    I need to poney up some dough for a digital cam to show you what I mean but I keep dropping all my spare cash on food and supps
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dagron View Post
    The only trap exercises I've ever done until very recently were power cleans and upright rows, and I've got to say, my traps are by far my best body part. Overpoweringly so. I've just been doing behind the back shrugs and some db shrugs as of late to build more thickness on the back/trap/rhomboid tie ins because from the front they're almost TOO big.

    I need to poney up some dough for a digital cam to show you what I mean but I keep dropping all my spare cash on food and supps
    Nice. I love huge traps
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    Quote Originally Posted by LakeMountD View Post
    Completely agree.

    Although they have to perform the exercise correctly . I see SOOOO many people doing every type of clean completely wrong.
    It takes time to perfect, but it's definitely worth it.
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    Seated DB shurgs all the way
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    The only thing I do for traps is dl...even just doing deads mine are un-proportionately large to the rest of me.
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