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Dumbbell shrugs


COURTESY OF GLOBAL FITNESS

Major muscles used

  • Trapezius

Performing dumbbell shrugs

  • Standing upright, hold two dumbbells with arms extended leaning on your sides, palms facing your hips.
  • Your feet should be hip-width apart, with your shoulders back and drooped down as far as they will naturally go.
  • Your chest should be out and your back should be straight, with a slight forward lean.
  • Raise your shoulders as high as possible towards your ears, lifting the dumbbells with arms still straight and palms facing your side. Hold for a brief second at the highest point while flexing your trapezius muscle.
  • Return to the starting position by lowering your shoulders down in a slow, controlled manner.

Be careful

  • Don't bend at the elbows and lift with your arms in attempt to raise the weight. You must lift the weight with your trapezius muscles by raising your shoulders only.
  • Don't let the weight simply drop to the starting position. Lower the weight by slowly resisting the weights downward force.

Alternative exercises to dumbbell shrugs

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