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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    stupid shrugs question

    Flame away if you must, I know this is probably a stupid question.

    I've never really done shrugs. I tried them last week and barbell shrugs were uncomfortable, I felt like I was about to crush my balls half the time. Tried DB shrugs and those felt better, still not terrific.

    I tried a HS shrug machine last night and liked how it felt a lot. However, I know that in nearly all situations free weights > machines. Does this hold true for shrugs? I'd rather be uncomfortable and do it the right way if that's what it comes down to.

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    Were hands about shoulder width?
    Were you retracting your shoulder blades?
    Were you keeping your chest out and broad?
    Were your feet about shoulder width?
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    I totally know what you mean. With a barbell I felt like I was nailing myself every rep. I use a hammer strength flat bench machine. I stradle the bench if thats uncomfortable I kneel on it and use the handles to shrug. Since the two handles are not connected there is nothing slapping the jewels.

    Like you said I know free weights are always better but in this case I prefer machines.
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    I had a problem with barbell shrugs for a while too. Basically felt like my junk was not only getting nailed, but also limiting how far up I could bring the bar. I've switched to dbs and they feel much better.
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    Ever tried OH shrugs? Good for the neck.

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    dumbells, I have a pair of hauling hooks "www.Hold-Ons.com", grab a couple 110's and do work SON!
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    use a hex bar, those gloves look like they are for pussies

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    I use a one hand under, one hand over grip and have no problems. I always finish up with DB shrugs too. I think they are both great excercises for your traps...
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    Quote Originally Posted by failed View Post
    use a hex bar, those gloves look like they are for pussies
    what gloves?

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    I think he's talking bout those hook things. As for the OP, try leaning forward a little bit and slighting bending your knee and hips so you kind of pass by them. Happens to me sometimes depending on what shorts I wear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by killxswitch View Post
    Flame away if you must, I know this is probably a stupid question.

    I've never really done shrugs. I tried them last week and barbell shrugs were uncomfortable, I felt like I was about to crush my balls half the time. Tried DB shrugs and those felt better, still not terrific.

    I tried a HS shrug machine last night and liked how it felt a lot. However, I know that in nearly all situations free weights > machines. Does this hold true for shrugs? I'd rather be uncomfortable and do it the right way if that's what it comes down to.
    When I do shrugs, it is almost always on the HS shrug machine.

    It's kind of like a calf raise - machine vs barbell doesn't really make much difference on the little lifts, as long as the machine's design doesn't limit the ability of the person to train in a full ROM and 'fits'. Since the shrug is such a small movement, it really doesn't come into play.

    Although for trap development, play around with some high pulls, cleans and the like.
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    i love heavy barbell shrugs

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    speak of the devil i just did BB shrugs yesterday. wearing compression shorts helps, but doesnt eliminate the problem. i usually just lean forward till it just barely gets passed it and it still hits my traps pretty good. i would do DB shrugs but our DB's only go up to 60 so their obsolete.
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    Use a trapbar.

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    Use the machine if you really like it...otherwise use DBs. OH Shrugs are good, too. I dunno though, traps are just so easy to build up fast so I don't even bother. Just do cleans and DEADLIFTS.

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    i hardly ever do BB shrugs. there are a lot of guys here who do them a lot. i usually just do some facepulls, and when i DL, on my first couple of sets i'll crank out a couple sets of shrugs to get loosened up. to get the full effect i grunt as loud as possible, people need to see how tan and jacked i am.
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