Intense BB Shrugs

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  1. Intense BB Shrugs


    I'm wondering just how heavy im lifting comparitively. I've been training for years so it's not like it just jumped on this weight but i've yet to see anyone shrugging like i do in my gym.
    315x12
    405x10
    495x8
    595x6

    *Not looking for an ego boost, cut it down if it seems like it should be.


  2. I usually stop the weight around 315, as i see no real results from going higher. I was always told that the trap is a small muscle, and doesnt need that much attention weight wise. My father competed and gave me that advice, take it for what it is worth.
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  3. Same here, i usually stay at 315 but its because thats about as heavy as I can go. I've seen a dude in my gym shruging the kind of weight you're talking about and it looks pretty badass... and his traps are huge.

  4. Quote Originally Posted by dedlifter1 View Post
    I usually stop the weight around 315, as i see no real results from going higher. I was always told that the trap is a small muscle, and doesnt need that much attention weight wise. My father competed and gave me that advice, take it for what it is worth.
    I've heard this advice as well. Also on the other end of the spectrum as well though. My grip has gotten dramatically stronger, and i do feel the stress load and feeding it has produced gains. But i do appreciate the personal advice and reference man!

  5. Quote Originally Posted by fieldt76 View Post
    Same here, i usually stay at 315 but its because thats about as heavy as I can go. I've seen a dude in my gym shruging the kind of weight you're talking about and it looks pretty badass... and his traps are huge.
    Speaking in the sense of symetry i dont look wierd necessarily but my traps are quite large in respect to a few other muscle. Thats something i see becoming a problem in the future i think with this weight
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  6. i always go by the way i learned in football every workout make sure u got form down and push the weights heavy as u can..i rather get 4-6 perfect reps and maybe 2 ok form 1 bad... then do like a low weight for 15 perfect reps... im not saying i use terrible form but if form slips and i can use extra weight i wont mind..

    if that made any sense? lol

  7. Quote Originally Posted by elementrip View Post
    I've heard this advice as well. Also on the other end of the spectrum as well though. My grip has gotten dramatically stronger, and i do feel the stress load and feeding it has produced gains. But i do appreciate the personal advice and reference man!
    Anytime man. I have also heard the other end as well. when it comes to training, works for one, but not always the other you know?

  8. Quote Originally Posted by brownstown89 View Post
    i always go by the way i learned in football every workout make sure u got form down and push the weights heavy as u can..i rather get 4-6 perfect reps and maybe 2 ok form 1 bad... then do like a low weight for 15 perfect reps... im not saying i use terrible form but if form slips and i can use extra weight i wont mind..

    if that made any sense? lol
    It definitely makes sense. You are saying your privilege activating the muscle, rather than targeting form in particular; I think, at times, some people have an opposite philosophy and it costs them gains.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by Mulletsoldier View Post
    It definitely makes sense. You are saying your privilege activating the muscle, rather than targeting form in particular; I think, at times, some people have an opposite philosophy and it costs them gains.
    i agree. i at times will sacrifice form on curls for same effect, on last couple reps, then go lower, perfect form.

  10. I agree with you Brownstown. You get better and beter at knowing it as the years go by. I often sacrifice form man, but i been training a long time and by now i have a real feel for If Im hitting what Im trying to hit. Its really instinctive, you just kinda know how much you can/cant chat, and on what excersises. But any begginers reading this.....Stick with your good form for a couple of years.
    PS thats massive weight Element Im bout 400-450 pound shrugger.

  11. To mullet- I agree, i see it daily. Guys that could push it and should but are so obsessed with every set looking picture perfect that they cant imagine sacrificing that form.

    To Brown- Thats my same philosophy. I hold the form well on my first and sometimes second set to get my stretch well established, but by the end im struggling to get full reps regardless so why not push it? And in your advice to newcomers reading all this, form is king in the begining. Eventually you find your adaptation that works for you individually and it is different for everyone, but do not rush finding yours it comes with time...

    Ded- I agree i found which works for me and i'm keeping it up till it no longer works then its time to rethink my setup and come up with something else that works too.

    Ozzy- Thanks man! Veins that no one knows existed pop out and my face gets so red. It's pretty awesome, gotta love the game face shrugs bring out!


  12. I wouldn't consider it a "small" muscle imho.. I would imagine heavy weights to be beneficial for targetting all it's access points.
    But coming from someone who competed, I'd tend to take their advice also ;D
    Heavy back movements should be adequate for enlargement of the traps, but deads and shrugs will help target it more..
    Your weights are really high compared to mine (I'm a little more around dedlifter at 275, then 300 for 2 sets)

  13. I find anything over 405, I use my lower body and calves to "jump" the weight up too much. I used to do up to 495, but just wasn't feeling it as much. So i lowered the weight, hit the contractions better,.. and leave the heavier weight for deadlifts.

  14. Quote Originally Posted by MPFit View Post

    I wouldn't consider it a "small" muscle imho.. I would imagine heavy weights to be beneficial for targetting all it's access points.
    But coming from someone who competed, I'd tend to take their advice also ;D
    Heavy back movements should be adequate for enlargement of the traps, but deads and shrugs will help target it more..
    Your weights are really high compared to mine (I'm a little more around dedlifter at 275, then 300 for 2 sets)
    Yeah, not small, but my point was only that i believe that development can be accomplished with lighter weight just as easy.
    Quote Originally Posted by brk_nemesis View Post
    I find anything over 405, I use my lower body and calves to "jump" the weight up too much. I used to do up to 495, but just wasn't feeling it as much. So i lowered the weight, hit the contractions better,.. and leave the heavier weight for deadlifts.
    This is my experience. I mean hey, if you CAN shrug 500lbs, more power to you, I just meant, i dont think you NEED to. My traps didnt really benefit when i went over 315, but that doesnt mean yours wont. I reserve it for heavy deads as well, i will pull 505, then i feel like im getting somewhere!:dl:

  15. Quote Originally Posted by dedlifter1 View Post
    Yeah, not small, but my point was only that i believe that development can be accomplished with lighter weight just as easy.


    This is my experience. I mean hey, if you CAN shrug 500lbs, more power to you, I just meant, i dont think you NEED to. My traps didnt really benefit when i went over 315, but that doesnt mean yours wont. I reserve it for heavy deads as well, i will pull 505, then i feel like im getting somewhere!:dl:
    The man loves his deads!

  16. Quote Originally Posted by OzzY SluGGa View Post
    The man loves his deads!
    No Doubt!!! They are my fav buddy, then squats, followed by chinny chin chins.

  17. Quote Originally Posted by dedlifter1 View Post
    No Doubt!!! They are my fav buddy, then squats, followed by chinny chin chins.

    You realise then, you are a sick individual that enjoys extreme pain?

  18. Quote Originally Posted by OzzY SluGGa View Post
    You realise then, you are a sick individual that enjoys extreme pain?
    My daughter says the EXACT same thing. We were at gym yesterday, im training her for track, i was doin widowmakers and weighted chins, she is like jesus pops you got serious issues.

  19. Quote Originally Posted by brk_nemesis View Post
    I find anything over 405, I use my lower body and calves to "jump" the weight up too much. I used to do up to 495, but just wasn't feeling it as much. So i lowered the weight, hit the contractions better,.. and leave the heavier weight for deadlifts.
    I agree, 405-455 is about all I will go to, and really burn the hell out ofit. My feeling is at that point its decent weight, and I can always alter hand position, behind the back etc...

  20. Quote Originally Posted by dedlifter1 View Post
    No Doubt!!! They are my fav buddy, then squats, followed by chinny chin chins.
    bless you, my least favorite exercise in existence.

  21. Quote Originally Posted by Reaper329 View Post
    bless you, my least favorite exercise in existence.
    It seems like the more you hate an excersise, the better it usually is you know? lol.

  22. Quote Originally Posted by dedlifter1 View Post
    It seems like the more you hate an excersise, the better it usually is you know? lol.
    So true, i wish there was an excercise for chest that was as effective as squats are for legs, or deads are for backs. Bring on the heavy compound. Fancy machines are for *****'s!

  23. yay u guys understood what i meant and agreed with ha... but yea im always pushing more wieght looking to add 2.5 more pounds or 5 more pounds.. i mean i bonce the last couple prolly more then needed at the end of my routine but hey my first 5-6 reps are good form i gotta push it baby

  24. do deads immediately followed by shrugs....mmm mmmmmmm!

  25. Quote Originally Posted by OzzY SluGGa View Post
    So true, i wish there was an excercise for chest that was as effective as squats are for legs, or deads are for backs. Bring on the heavy compound. Fancy machines are for *****'s!
    Heavy compounds=massive gains. Nothing hard about that equation. And yes, fancy pants machines are for slackers.

  26. I agree very much so with every one of you on deads being an absolute must! Which is why i transplanted my shrugs to delt day to give myself an advantage. I love deads anyday i dont end with bloody shins, only downside to me! haha
    I love killing my calfs by going balls to the wall with the big weight too...

    Any of you guys have any suggestions for grip enhancement? When i do behind the back shrugs i can get going very heavy because my grip fails and the weight just rolls right out

  27. Quote Originally Posted by elementrip View Post
    I agree very much so with every one of you on deads being an absolute must! Which is why i transplanted my shrugs to delt day to give myself an advantage. I love deads anyday i dont end with bloody shins, only downside to me! haha
    I love killing my calfs by going balls to the wall with the big weight too...

    Any of you guys have any suggestions for grip enhancement? When i do behind the back shrugs i can get going very heavy because my grip fails and the weight just rolls right out
    I cant even do behind the backers cause my ass gets in the way! Crank the straps out man if grip is a problem. Id rather have massive muscles than a good grip. Aint no strong grip ever impress anyone. Use what ya gotta to move maximum weight.

    PS I always run out of breath doing deads which is VERY annoying, I cant get the breathing right.

  28. Quote Originally Posted by OzzY SluGGa View Post
    I cant even do behind the backers cause my ass gets in the way! Crank the straps out man if grip is a problem. Id rather have massive muscles than a good grip. Aint no strong grip ever impress anyone. Use what ya gotta to move maximum weight.

    PS I always run out of breath doing deads which is VERY annoying, I cant get the breathing right.
    do you grunt when you lift, or yell at all.

  29. Quote Originally Posted by dedlifter1 View Post
    do you grunt when you lift, or yell at all.
    I grunt/groan between clenched teeth. and my fukin head goes purple. lol. I am aware of the importance of good breathing teqniques, but i just cant concentrate on them with deads. So I end up gassed (sometimes so gassed i think Im gonna pass out) before my back is smashed.

  30. Quote Originally Posted by OzzY SluGGa View Post
    I grunt/groan between clenched teeth. and my fukin head goes purple. lol. I am aware of the importance of good breathing teqniques, but i just cant concentrate on them with deads. So I end up gassed (sometimes so gassed i think Im gonna pass out) before my back is smashed.
    Try doin em like i do. Pull a rep, pause, pull a rep pause. this works really well with heavier weight. catch your breath.
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