Just a quick question, when I've been doing shrugs I've haven't been able to feel any burn in my traps. I've been using the same weight that I deadlift for 2 sets of as many as 15 reps but still, nothing. Are there any possibilities other than not using enough weight that may cause this? Am I even Supposed to feel a burn in my traps? I've tried pretty much every form I can think of. Your comments are appreciated.
how is your range of motion ???
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my ROM has been as full as possible on the up-down axis, though I have tried it different ways, none of which seemed to change anything.
do you use DB's as well? i use to just use DB's for shrugs but have recently added BB shrugs as well. i don't feel that "burn afterwards but i have noticed a sig. increase in trap size. i don't think you HAVE to feel a burn in order to gain muscle/strength. i would add another set, increase the wt. and lower your reps(6-8). see how that feels for ya after a month or so.
The Big 3 (2 sets):
Flat BB Bench 270
Deadlift 355 (no belt/straps)
I would do shrugs in the 6-8 rep range personally not the 15 rep range. Go heavy with a full ROM and be sure to do nice slow reps. Squeezing your traps hard at the top of each rep and dropping your shoulders at the bottom of each rep.
A few weeks ago someone posted the method of standing in front of the smith machine, bar behind your ass holding the bar about shoulder width apart, feet behind the bar slightly and leaning forward about 80degrees and lifting with calves and traps all at once.
I tried that and its MINT! My shoulder doesnt go silly on the heavy weights and there is no annoying interference on your nuts when you lift heavy
Ive never liked DB shrugs
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Thanks for the responses guys!
(to answer your question, entrrt; I have only been using BB's.)