Wide-Grip Barbell Shrug

The wide-grip barbell shrug builds muscle in the upper shoulders with a heavy emphasis on the traps. The exercise also improves grip strength.


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    Grab a loaded barbell with an overhand grip slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Keep back naturally arched, bend knees slightly, and gently lean forward at the waist. Fully extend arms so that the bar rests at your thighs. This is your starting position.
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    Shrug your shoulders as high as you can. Pause, then return to the start position. Be sure to keep the arms straight throughout the movement.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Avoid rounding the back. Throughout the entire exercise, pull you shoulders back and keep your chest up tall.
  • Use a complete range of motion throughout the exercise.