Tip: Two New Ways to Build Bigger Traps

Finish off your traps with these unique exercise variations.

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The Calf Machine Shrug

  1. Position yourself normally in a standing calf machine.
  2. Shrug your traps up. Hold the top position for a full two-second count. This is important because the range of motion is short on this exercise.
  3. Keep your glutes and abs tight to protect the lower back.

The One-Arm Barbell Shrug

  1. Using a power rack and a barbell, shrug one side at a time.
  2. Lean forward slightly to increase the range of motion.
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