Shoulder Shrugs

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    Nov 22, 2008 1:26 AM GMT
    What do you guys use more often- dumbell or barbells for shoulder shrugs? I use both- but I am able to lift heavier w/ the barbell, probably b/c I use the power rack- and dont have to lift the weight too far.
    Also I found that my grip begins to give out before my traps do. Does this happen to anyone else? U think I should get wrist straps or keep lifting the same weight and wait for my grip to improve? At this point if I add anymore weight to the barbell my grip probably wont last more then 6 reps.
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    Nov 22, 2008 4:09 AM GMT
    Dumbbell, and yes my grip frequently gives out before my traps do.
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    Nov 22, 2008 4:20 AM GMT
    DCEric saidDumbbell, and yes my grip frequently gives out before my traps do.


    Get yourself a pair of wrist straps.
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    Nov 22, 2008 9:32 AM GMT
    If your grip gives out first, then you are cheating your traps and definitely use straps. I would be suprised if that was really the problem, but get straps. Why cheat your traps because your grip gives out?

    You definitely need to work on your grip. It is the basis of all lifts. Work your grip strength before you worry about your traps. Grip strength is everything.

    You can also do traps on the standing calf raise. Just stand under it, like you would do for calves, and do a shoulder shrug up and down.

    But, if anything, I would work on grip strength first.
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    Nov 22, 2008 5:10 PM GMT
    Triggerman saidIf your grip gives out first, then you are cheating your traps and definitely use straps. I would be suprised if that was really the problem, but get straps. Why cheat your traps because your grip gives out?

    You definitely need to work on your grip. It is the basis of all lifts. Work your grip strength before you worry about your traps. Grip strength is everything.

    You can also do traps on the standing calf raise. Just stand under it, like you would do for calves, and do a shoulder shrug up and down.

    But, if anything, I would work on grip strength first.


    I dont have a standing calf raise machine at my gym, but I do a standing calf raise on the hack squat- you think I can do shoulder shrugs on this too?
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    Nov 22, 2008 5:17 PM GMT
    My chiropractist once told me he looooves when people do shoulder shrugs, his biggest source of income, he did not elaborate further, but I stay away from them icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 22, 2008 6:04 PM GMT
    I do it with cables. My traps can handle massive dumbbells a lot better than my arms so I try not to strain my back by hurling tonnage off the rack and back on.
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    Jan 03, 2009 1:26 PM GMT
    Well, as far as shrugs and injuries go, I've suffered from some bad Rotator cuffs for a couple years....

    Little did I know (earlier on) that doing shrugs with the weight behind you, is actually not that good for the shoulders.

    Since then, I've done them on the Squat machine and just stand between and shrug until my shoulders hit my ears! It works, and no more pinching pain.

    So... not knowing how to shrug right = hello injured shoulders = hello painful benchpresses icon_smile.gif