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Are there ways to train traps other than shrugs?
—KYLE W., SANTA FE, NM
A great way to train the traps is with Olympic lifts, like snatches and clean and jerks. They’re the most explosive versions of shrugs that you can possibly do, and chances are you’ll probably be using more weight to do them. They also recruit more fast-twitch muscle fibers, which contribute more to the growth of your muscle.
—LEE BOYCE, C.P.T., is a strength coach based in Toronto, Canada.