Dumbbell Shrug

The dumbbell shrug is a variation of the traditional barbell shrug that effectively targets the upper trapezius, while creating symmetry throughout the upper back region.


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    Grab a set of dumbbells, stand tall, and allow your arms to hang by your sides with your palms facing each other.
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    Keeping your core tight, raise your shoulders toward your ears as high as possible. Pause, and then lower the weight back to the starting position.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Pull the weight up in a linear fashion. Do not rotate your shoulders forward or backwards.