are traps hot or ugly? do you try to make them bigger?

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    Mar 30, 2012 5:18 AM GMT
    I'm of a mixed mind about traps. I think hot traps make some guys even hotter, but on other guys traps contribute to an unattractive and brutish hulk-look. Traps also seem to be a trouble-maker in lots of exercises. Easily recruited, traps keep shoulders from settling into their pockets for planks and pushups and unhelpfully relieve lats during many back exercises that aim to target lats.

    I used to do barbell and dumbbell shrugs. My trainer at the time, a wrestler who needed big and powerful traps, said traps respond quickly, and indeed they did, quickly causing the aesthetic and functional problems I described above. I've since omitted trap-specific exercises and do my best in most exercises to disengage traps to protect my shoulders and derive maximum benefit from the range of exercises where traps can interfere. And I find my traps are settling down, no longer hyper-easy to recruit and to overpower other muscles. I also find the traps get a decent workout from non-trap specific exercises and look ok. Smaller traps have helped my delts emerge visually.

    So I am writing to ask (1) do you believe big traps are hot and (2) how do you choose to work your traps?
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    Mar 30, 2012 7:23 AM GMT
    Traps are just like any other muscles. If they are too big or too small, then they don't provide aesthetic balance. Well-developed and aesthetically balanced traps might be the sexiest muscle on the body. Either from front or back, they are visually accessible and are some of the first things people see. Strong traps represent masculinity and strength as they compliment the shoulders and the neck.

    I do side shrugs, rear shrugs, wide closed-grip shrugs, wide open-gripped shrugs, close closed-grip shrugs, and close opened-gripped shrugs.
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    Mar 30, 2012 7:27 AM GMT
    traps are the sexiest part of the male body.
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    Mar 30, 2012 7:31 AM GMT
    I love traps
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    Mar 30, 2012 10:36 AM GMT
    big traps are hot, these are the exercise that i find work my traps best

    power clean
    power snatch
    deadlift

    my traps are burning the day after these exercises and shrugging with weights does nothing for me.
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    Mar 30, 2012 11:42 AM GMT
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    Mar 30, 2012 12:56 PM GMT
    I dont' really concern myself with it that much. I've also been told repeatedly that traps respond quickly, and I don't feel the need to do direct exercises for them. I think I have pretty proportioned traps.

    Maybe I'm just not as into the aesthetics as other people. I wouldn't necessarily think oh god my traps are too big I have to go starve myself until they atrophy?
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    Mar 30, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    partouse saidunattractive and brutish hulk-look.


    I stopped reading here because this paradoxical statement confused me. icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 30, 2012 1:49 PM GMT
    traps = sexy
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    Mar 30, 2012 1:50 PM GMT
    Nivek saidtraps = sexy


    Agreed
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    Mar 30, 2012 1:59 PM GMT
    Trollileo saidIn before flypintraps.


    where is he?
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    Mar 30, 2012 2:26 PM GMT
    I try and build mine bigger....
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    Mar 30, 2012 3:18 PM GMT
    Once I focused on them and boy did they respond!

    After 2 years trying to undo it, my traps are starting to look in balance with my body again. A lesson learned the hard way.

    Now the only trap specific exercise I do is dumbell shrugs with MINIMUM weight and maximum repetitions to keep them toned.
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    Mar 30, 2012 3:21 PM GMT
    Also, once your traps over develope you can forget about using bags or anything with shoulder straps. All the way across the chest -ala messenger bag- becomes your only option.
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    Mar 30, 2012 3:52 PM GMT
    Overly developed traps are ugly to me and make a guy look spherical. However, this is not something I have to worry about ever happening. I have the trap muscles of a hamster!
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    Mar 30, 2012 4:19 PM GMT
    in2muscle2010 said
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    wtf

  • FredMG

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    Mar 30, 2012 4:45 PM GMT
    Yep, traps are hot - but I like masculine guys, and for me muscles - the bigger the more defined, the more I associate them with masculinity.

    I do incline flys and a lot of the same combination of flys that every one else here has posted.

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    Mar 30, 2012 4:47 PM GMT
    hot.
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    Mar 30, 2012 5:48 PM GMT
    Thanks all the replies. I would appear to be in a minority to doubt thbeautify of big traps.
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    Mar 30, 2012 5:52 PM GMT
    Umm the body would look odd being all muscular and having almost no traps.
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    Mar 30, 2012 6:32 PM GMT
    i_VAN saidUmm the body would look odd being all muscular and having almost no traps.


    true...but does it look odd having traps that dominate everything else.

    rusty moore, author of visual impact, and trainers for the hollywood aesthetic highlight the need for delts to pop and the distracting effect big traps have on delts.

    I"m conflicted. On me, I like big delts and moderate traps. Traps are so easily recruited that they interfere and benefit in nearly every pulling exercise I do, so I'm sure they won't atrophy unduly if I dont target them directly. Or am I wrong and missing something?
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    Mar 30, 2012 6:33 PM GMT
    for me, i guess traps equate to bulk and power. these can be very sexy and helpful attributes. Big muscles that are large are not always especially cut. Guess I maybe am aspiring for the cut look for myself, yet mightily admire the big look on some guys. Different strokes for different folks?
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    Mar 30, 2012 7:30 PM GMT
    I find nicely developed traps and sculpted anterior and posterior deltoids very sexy.
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    Mar 30, 2012 7:33 PM GMT
    In before Admiral Ackbar pic
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    Mar 30, 2012 7:35 PM GMT
    a nice big set of traps are hot and sexy!