How to Do
How to Do Alternating Dumbbell Shrugs
The alternating dumbbell 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 alternating dumbbell shrugs.
Beginning Dumbbell Shrugs
1. Stand hip width, knees bend slightly, shoulder blades back, with the tongue in the "swallowing" position.
2. Take a neutral grip with palms facing the body.
Dumbbell Shrugs Movement
1. Shrug upward, aiming the shoulders toward the back of the head.
2. Raise one shoulder independent of the other, alternating.
3. Lower at desired rep tempo.
4. Maintain optimal posture throughout the movement.
Dumbbell Shrugs Benefits
The upper traps are the primary muscle group recruited during dumbbell shrugs. One of the best exercises for developing upper back muscles, building huge traps, and improving posture is the dumbbell shrug.