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    Muscles worked: Trapezius

    Instructions:
    Grasp the bar on the smithmachine a little wider than shoulder width apart. Lift the bar up, and at the same time rotate the bar towards you to clear the hooks from their attachment holes. Place your feet a little wider than shoulder width apart. Keeping your arms fully extended at all times, shrug the bar up using your trapezius muscles as far up as you can go. Pause and hold there for one second,contracting your trapezius. Slowly lower the weight back down and repeat for the number of reps assigned.
    Note Keep your back straight throughout the entire movement. You may want to use some lifting straps if you find your hand grip weakening before your trapezius muscles.
    Dont's:
    Don't jerk the weight up. Use a slow controlled movement. Don't rotate you shoulders back at the top of the movement. This is an older form of performing shrugs that has been found to not add any benefit to the exercise. Don't bounce the weight at the bottom of the movement, causing momentum in the motion. This can cause back injuries. Especially bodybuilders and power lifters who shrug up to 500 lbs.and more.

    Alternate exercises: Dumbbell shrugs, Seated dumbbell shrugs, Cable pulley shrugs, Barbell shrugs

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