Barbell Shrugs

STRENGTH

How to Do

How to Do Barbell Shrugs

The barbell shrugs should begin with a good posture to avoid injury. Brace the spine by drawing your lower abdomen inward. Your core muscles should be activated to support your posture as you perform the exercise.

If any pain is experienced, immediately stop the barbell shrugs.

Beginning

Beginning Barbell Shrugs

1. Stand tall with your hands just outside your thighs, holding a bar in an overhand grip.

2. Raise your shoulders straight up, hold for one or two seconds, then lower them back to the starting position.

3. Make sure your shoulders are back and your spine and elbows are straight throughout the workout.

Movement

Barbell Shrugs Movement

1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart with the barbell directly in front of you. To measure this distance correctly, place your closed fists side by side on the floor, your feet should rest directly on either side.

2. Keep a tall, straight form while performing this exercise with your head, shoulder, and hips all aligned; your knees can be slightly bent.

3. Lower into a squat position, and place both hands on the barbell. Grasp the bar slightly wider than shoulder-width apart in an overhand grip. Making sure that your back is straight, rise out of the squat, and hold the barbell resting lightly on your thighs in front of you with your arms fully extended.

4. Your shoulders should be relaxed and down, and your abdominals tight to support your back and spine.

5. Slowly lift your shoulders up to your ears, before returning them to their original position before repeating the required number of repetitions.

Benefits

Barbell Shrugs Benefits

Perform this exercise at home or in the gym.

It strengthens the back and neck, and in particular the trapezius muscle, which connects the neck to the shoulder and back.

Exercise Aliases

How to Do Shoulder Shrugs, Shoulder Shrug Exercise.

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