Shrugs – Shoulder Exercise

Shrugs – Shoulder Exercise

I love shrugs and for any rugby player it would be a prudent move to work the exercise as it will protect your shoulders and neck with the big hits in to the scrum, rucks, mauls and tackles.

It essentially hits your trapezius but also the pecs and lats.

You can do these using a trap/shrug bar whilst stood and raise the bar using your trapezius. However, a very effect way to increase your gains is to lay face down on an incline bench and pull the barbell or dumbbells up vertically .

What are the benefits of shrug exercises? Well shrugs exercise the trapezius which is part of the back and stretch all the way down the spine. Having strong traps from doing shrugs will also benefit your deadlift and vice versa.





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Ben established this site to be a free resource in 2015. Since then it has gained over half a million visits. He has always been interested in sport and he started playing rugby at the age of 6 represented his town, county and school. Ben also enjoys cycling, has started skiing and is in the Army Reserve representing his Regiment as part of the 150 Regimental Shooting Team. He holds a bachelor's and postgraduate degree in sport exercise & nutrition.
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