Shrugs for girls?

  1. Shrugs for girls?


    I train my traps some as it is with upright rows and deadlifts and I was thinking of incorporating shrugs into my workout as well for a bit of an increase in trap size. Thoughts on shrugs for girls?


  2. Wouldn't matter in relation to gender.

    Shrug on!

  3. Quote Originally Posted by ChefJoey View Post
    Wouldn't matter in relation to gender.

    Shrug on!
    Haha thanks for the advice! :-)
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  4. Depends on if you want your traps to grow. I think physique competitors shy away from a lot of trap work. It isn't seen as very feminine. But if you want them shrug on. I like to control mine and really squeeze at the top.

  5. If you want traps that are balanced with your physique, incorporate barbell OH Press into your routine.

    No need for shrugs. Stick with compound movements for trap development, then they will be balanced with your delts. JMO
    http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/272413-gps-power-performance.html

  6. Quote Originally Posted by Gutterpump View Post
    If you want traps that are balanced with your physique, incorporate barbell OH Press into your routine.

    No need for shrugs. Stick with compound movements for trap development, then they will be balanced with your delts. JMO
    yeah I overhead press as well, thanks for the advice Ill probably just go heavier on them!

  7. Quote Originally Posted by Tomahawk88 View Post
    Depends on if you want your traps to grow. I think physique competitors shy away from a lot of trap work. It isn't seen as very feminine. But if you want them shrug on. I like to control mine and really squeeze at the top.
    Yea idk man...saw a girl with big traps the other day it made her look really beastly. Even on a relatively small frame

  8. I stay away from shrugs...

  9. For nice balanced traps over hand grip rows and face pulls give the most bang for your buck. My wife has a strong sexy back from those.
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  10. Quote Originally Posted by Tomahawk88 View Post
    Depends on if you want your traps to grow. I think physique competitors shy away from a lot of trap work. It isn't seen as very feminine. But if you want them shrug on. I like to control mine and really squeeze at the top.
    Yeah I'm really wanting to do bikini but I think a little bit of trap gains might go a long way. Thanks for the advice! :-)

  11. Quote Originally Posted by JD261985 View Post
    Yea idk man...saw a girl with big traps the other day it made her look really beastly. Even on a relatively small frame
    It's definitely just all about finding the perfect proportion!

  12. Quote Originally Posted by Magdalena View Post
    I stay away from shrugs...
    Yeah! Up until now I have as well, I'm still a little iffy but I might work them in to my training maybe once a week :-)

  13. Quote Originally Posted by mountainman33 View Post
    For nice balanced traps over hand grip rows and face pulls give the most bang for your buck. My wife has a strong sexy back from those.
    I do these every back day! Thanks for the advice!

  14. Quote Originally Posted by madiskinny View Post
    Yeah I'm really wanting to do bikini but I think a little bit of trap gains might go a long way. Thanks for the advice! :-)



    If that is your goal I would suggest keeping an eye on your traps if you started shrugging. Bikini isn't about looking beastly haha.

  15. Quote Originally Posted by Tomahawk88 View Post
    If that is your goal I would suggest keeping an eye on your traps if you started shrugging. Bikini isn't about looking beastly haha.
    Yeah I understand and my body frame is pretty small! I think I'm just going to continue doing compound exercises for traps and if I need any more size, I'll try incorporating shrugs a bit :-)

  16. Lose the upright rows, they will wreck your shoulders over time. Compound barbell movements, OH presses, Pendlay rows, you'll be good

  17. Quote Originally Posted by Wrivest View Post
    Lose the upright rows, they will wreck your shoulders over time. Compound barbell movements, OH presses, Pendlay rows, you'll be good
    Thanks I'll definitely consider that!

  18. Quote Originally Posted by madiskinny View Post
    yeah I overhead press as well, thanks for the advice Ill probably just go heavier on them!
    During your OH press, make sure your head is 'going through the window' between your arms. You will really feel it in your traps. The bar should never be in front of you at the top, your head / form should look just like this. Many people don't do it right, not saying that you don't though

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    If you do OH press like this, your traps will grow, as they are stabilizing the bar at the top. Make sure to lock out completely, and keep your core & glutes engaged.
    http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/272413-gps-power-performance.html

  19. Quote Originally Posted by Gutterpump View Post
    During your OH press, make sure your head is 'going through the window' between your arms. You will really feel it in your traps. The bar should never be in front of you at the top, your head / form should look just like this. Many people don't do it right, not saying that you don't though

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    If you do OH press like this, your traps will grow, as they are stabilizing the bar at the top. Make sure to lock out completely, and keep your core & glutes engaged.
    Alright awesome! Thanks for the pic, super helpful :-)

  20. Quote Originally Posted by Gutterpump View Post
    During your OH press, make sure your head is 'going through the window' between your arms. You will really feel it in your traps. The bar should never be in front of you at the top, your head / form should look just like this. Many people don't do it right, not saying that you don't though <img src="http://anabolicminds.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=96 215"/> If you do OH press like this, your traps will grow, as they are stabilizing the bar at the top. Make sure to lock out completely, and keep your core & glutes engaged.
    thats good advice ima try that tomorrow i usually end up arching my back a bit and almost never "put my head through the window" thanks for the tip

  21. Yup no problem. If you just hold your arms overhead and push your head forward, you can really feel your traps flexing, even with no weight.

    I also like to warm up using a thin/long PVC pipe, really stretching at the top, and doing what's called 'shoulder dislocations' with the pipe (holding pipe at waist level in front, moving arms up in an arc - fully locked out, and all the way around to your back). This really improves shoulder flexibility and is a good warm up for a shoulder workout.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgHHgOF50Ac
    http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/272413-gps-power-performance.html

  22. i would drop those upright rows and do hang clean, hang snatch, snatch grip deads, and farmer's walks to work not just traps but all the surrounding muscles as well.
    you can call me "ozzie" for short.

  23. Quote Originally Posted by asooneyeonig View Post
    i would drop those upright rows and do hang clean, hang snatch, snatch grip deads, and farmer's walks to work not just traps but all the surrounding muscles as well.
    Alright awesome thanks for the advice!

  24. I think some video of you shrugging is in order...


    All joking aside I would look at maybe some Barbel or meadows/pendlay rows variations or doing some light deadlifts with a shrug at the top. I find high rep rows of any kind with a barbel really hit my traps.
    Log: http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/226478-country-gets-huge.html#post3905023

  25. Quote Originally Posted by CountryLiftin View Post
    I think some video of you shrugging is in order... All joking aside I would look at maybe some Barbel or meadows/pendlay rows variations or doing some light deadlifts with a shrug at the top. I find high rep rows of any kind with a barbel really hit my traps.
    Okay awesome thank you! And haha maybe next back day I'll upload one!

  26. Quote Originally Posted by madiskinny View Post
    maybe next back day I'll upload one!
    Yay!

  27. Quote Originally Posted by madiskinny View Post
    Okay awesome thank you! And haha maybe next back day I'll upload one!
    my fingers will stay crossed

  28. Do you deadlift or perform any oly style lifts such as cleans, snatches etc... I rarely shrug and think I've got decent traps.
    I'm just a dude chasing a dream

  29. Quote Originally Posted by superbeast668 View Post
    Do you deadlift or perform any oly style lifts such as cleans, snatches etc... I rarely shrug and think I've got decent traps.
    I SLDL on back day and DL on leg day. I also power clean on occasion
  

  
 

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