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    Muscles worked: Trapezius

    Grab a set of dumbbells and position them on the sides of your hips. Keeping your arms fully extended at all times, and your back straight with a little bend at your knees, shrug the dumbbells 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 dumbbells 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.
    Don't jerk the weight up. Use a slow controlled movement. Don't rotate you shoulder 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.

    Alternate exercises: Barbell shrugs, Smithmachine shrugs, Seated dumbbell shrugs Cable pulley shrugs, Upright rows

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