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Lower Trapezius

The trapezuis, which gets its name from its shape, is the muscle which is located to the middle and upper back. The lower trapezius is located to the middle central area of the back, and is usually visible when low levels of body fat is reached and the muscle is well devolved.

The lower fibres of the trapezius are recruited strongly during scapular depression, in other words, pulling the shoulder blades downwards.

Responsible for scapular depression, the lower trapezius is commonly recruited during rowing and pull up exercises. For this reason the lower trapezius is usually devolved from back and shoulder training sessions, and there is little need is trying to directly target the lower trapezius.

When training for muscular size it is often best to train in a rep range of 6-12 repetitions, although there is often much debate on the optimal rep range. It would be advisable to experiment with different ranges to see which suits you.

Lower Trapezius courtesy of Fitness Uncovered - Bodybuilding & Fitness

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