Overhead Dumbbell Shrug

The overhead dumbbell shrug increases shoulder stability and strength in the upper back. Using dumbbells improves balance due to the instability of the weights and places less strain on the shoulder joint than a overhead barbell shrug.


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    Standing with feet shoulder-width apart, hold a pair of dumbbells directly over your shoulders with the arms fully extended.
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    Brace your core, and lift your shoulders as high as you can, pushing weights towards the ceiling. Pause in the lifted position, then relax shoulders and return to start.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Avoid bending arms during the movement. Keep arms fully extended.