Barbell Shrug (usually called simply the shrug) is an isolation exercise in weight training used to develop the upper trapezius muscle.
- Set up for the standing barbell shrug by loading up the weight you want to use on a straight bar or Olympic bar.
- Stand facing the bar with your feet about shoulder width apart.
- Grasp the bar with an overhand grip (palms facing down), with your hands about shoulder width apart.
- Bending at the knees only, pick the barbell up off the floor.
- Keeping the barbell close to your body, let your shoulders "sag" as far as possible. This is the starting position for the exercise.
- Slowly shrug your shoulders up as far as possible.
- Pause, and then slowly lower the barbell back to the starting position.
- Repeat for desired reps.
- Focus on lifting the weight with your traps and not your biceps.
- Pausing at the top of the barbell shrug makes the exercise more challenging and you'll get more out of it. Try and pause for a count of 1-3 at the top of each rep.
- There's no benefit to roll your shoulders forward or back when you shrug - that's a myth!
- Just raise the barbell straight up and straight down.