Article: Stop Shrugging Already

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    Sounds like shrugs are out and SGHP's are in!!!
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    Personally, I've never gotten much out of shrugs. I have a long neck and my traps seem to respond better to SGHP and dead lifts. Shrugs just didn't fit me well but that's not to say I could use some coaching in that area.
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    True. Shrugs are an easy way to hurt your back if posture isn't perfect as well.
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    Just do some heavy god damn Farmer's Carries for 25-100 feet.

    If your traps and the rest of your body don't grow, you're doing it wrong.
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    SGHP is probably my favorite shoulder/trap workout. i read it in an article roughly a month ago and it made a huge difference to my workouts.
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    Originally Posted by SpartanFit View Post
    SGHP is probably my favorite shoulder/trap workout. i read it in an article roughly a month ago and it made a huge difference to my workouts.
    Yeah, same here. I've been looking for a good alternative to the traditional trap exercises, such as upright rows and shrugs, and this filled the need.
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    Not my fav article and I will be keeping my shrugs lol
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    Ya I am still going to do shrugs. Usually do mine with dumbbells with a 3 second flex at the top anyway. Think the article was talking more about barbell shrugs where people are lifting with their ego.
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    My traps have grown a lot since implementing DB shrugs into my routine. No way I'm losing them. I agree with poster above. I think this article is referring to barbell shrugs, which I've never got much out of.
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    If it isn't broken,don't fix it!

    Nothing wrong with Shrugs.
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    I don't hate shrugs but Farmer's Carry > shrugs of any kind.

    (Try to) do your shrugs after 3-5 heavy carries for 25-100 feet, profit.
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    I love barbell shrugs, wouldnt have a reason to take it out of my training.

    I only do 4 heavy sets once a week.

    My personal key to developing my grip strength.
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    A few years ago I read of this exercise as an alternative to shrugs and I can feel much more of the traps working using this technique rather than a shrug.

    Sit at a Smith Machine with the bar at about the upper reach of a shoulder press. Now load up the bar with a weight that is much more than you are able to press. (If the machine has locks, set them up high.) Then grab the bar and using the traps push it up that extra inch or 2 that you normally wouldn't extend your arms in a press. You will immediately feel your traps working all the way down to mid/lower back.

    Note: if you are doing as heavy as I suggest, your hands/wrists probably cannot rotate the bar so make sure those hooks stay over their catches and then the weight can be easily set down on them. Don't let the hooks rotate back or you may not be able to return to the catches.
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    Kali muscle has a video on Elliott Hulse's youtube channel with for some ideas on shrugs using lighter weight and more TUT. Works good for me combined with lots of DL, snatch DL and high pulls.
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