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Upper Trapezius

The trapezuis, which gets its name from its shape, is the muscle which is located to the middle and upper back. The upper trapezius region is that which runs from the back up to the neck, often creating a coat hanger look when well devolved.

The upper region of the trapezius is most commonly directly targeted with shrugs. This exercise can be performed with either dumbbells or a barbell. The trapezius is also stimulated during most back exercises, and the dead lift. For this reason many trainers will choose not to directly train the 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.

Upper Trapezius courtesy of Fitness Uncovered - Bodybuilding & Fitness

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