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    ʞǝudopnpǝ LoneJeeper's Avatar
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    Behind the back barbell shrug

    http://www.youtube.com/user/TeamMusc...32/F6zD3GbSeNM

    What's the consensus here? I've never done them this way, nor have I ever seen anyone doing them this way.
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    I use a Smith machine version. This video is of a much more ballistic version although you can also do it strictly. The Smith allows you to lean forward and thus clear your ass more easily.

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    Thanks Chris,

    I'll give it a shot. I've done behind-the-back, but always with straight arms... same was I do the regular shrugs. It seems like it would be stressful on the shoulder and elbows, but the "ballistic" version looks stressful everywhere.
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    i have noticed more growth doing them in the front, my lifting partner does behind the back. his traps are smaller and uses dumbells 20-30lb dumbells lighter than me. go with the front

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    you should help your lifting partner instead of bashing him on the forum...

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    The shrug/row looks like it could be a good option since it would limit the amount of weight used and force the trainee to have a bit more control and to isolate their traps. I would also give it a try with a smith machine since like Chris said it would allow you to clear your backside.
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