Don't shrug off shrugs!
*plus video examples of shrug variations
5 Benefits of Shrugs and More
Why you should be doing shrugs...
- Stronger Upper Back - As shrugs primarily work the trap muscles they help in building a stronger upper back. This can do a number of things, including helping with your other lifts.
- Stronger Neck Stability - Increased neck stability can help with a number of things including supporting the head, better movement, and even vision and orientation.
- Improved Posture - The increase in upper back, shoulder, and neck strength that can come from shrugs assists the body in holding proper posture by holding your head and neck up and pulling your scapula down and back.
- Increased Weightlifting Skills - Skills such as snatch and the clean and jerk are done well by having an explosive shrug, this is just one example of where you'll see a strong shrug aids better technique.
- Reduced Neck Pain - Studies have shown that conditioning the neck and shoulders can lead to a decrease in neck pain experienced by many.
Tips For Good Shrug Technique
- Look straight ahead with a neutral neck and spine.
- Keep your arms straight, resist the urge to bend at your elbows when lifting.
- Stand using a comfortable stance with feet approximately hip width apart.
- Move your shoulders straight up and down.
- As with all techniques be mindful of the weight you use, so you can challenge yourself while still staying safe and protecting your body.
Three Types of Shrugs
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