Barbell shrug

The barbell shrug is an exercise targeting the traps (trapezius muscles). It is popular in strength and muscle-focused upper-body training, and is often trained on a shoulder day. With the assistance of straps, it can be loaded heavily, but it is still usually performed for moderate to high reps, such as 8-10 reps per set.


  1. Works the shoulders and upper-back muscles secondarily
  2. Adds both size and strength to traps
  3. Barbell version allows you to overload more easily
  4. Can increase difficulty by adding a pause at the top

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