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    Barbell shrugs rather than with dumbbells?

    Will it work pretty much the same? I don't have large enough dumbbells to do shurgs, and I know you can do shrugs with a barbell. Just wondered how well it worked, and if I should hold the bar behind. or in front of me...

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    Barbell works fine. I do 'em in front.

    When I bother ... have you tried cleans? I love what cleans do to my traps.

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    Thanks built, I'll start using the bar.

    No I don't do cleans as of right now, I may make them part of my routine some day if I feel like changing things up.

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    I do shrugs on the machine bench press, just move the bench outta the way, and add dumbells on the top if you need more weight.

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    Barbell shrugs work but they have one downfall. Barbell shrugs in front => bar rubs on your package. Barbell shrugs in the rear => you have to navigate your squat-made ghetto booty. As a result, I prefer doing them with DB's.

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    What are cleans?
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    http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/...fts/Clean.html

    I do barbell shrugs and I think they work really well. You might need lifting straps to put on enough weight and still be able to grip/hold it.
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    Deadlifts or cleans ought to take care of your traps just fine. If those are currently in your routine, I wouldn't worry about direct trap work. If you aren't including a movement like that, then BB shrugs will work just fine, too. I hold the bar in front. Remember to grip the bar about shoulder width or slightly wider so your delts can protect the shoulder joint. One can usually BB shrug a lot of weight compared to other lifts, so its especially important here not to grip the bar too widely.
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    The traps are to the upper body what glutes are to the lowerbody. You CANNOT move your arms without activating muscle fibers in your traps, especially with a weight. Traps are generally very responsive and very adaptive. They can handle alot of stress in the form of very heavy weight, explosive lifting, endurance lifting, stabilizing, isometric contraction(e.g. backpacking), etc.

    Your traps get worked from both shoulder and back lifts, as well as all types of squats and standing calf raises. That means your traps are getting worked to a degree 3 or more times a week... obviously no need to give em extra work right? WRONG!

    You need to take advantage of your traps adaptability and quick recovery by training them in every way possible. Some of the best traps, if the THE best traps in the world were built without ANY deadlifts or shrugs.
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