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Shoulder Shrug (PowerBlocks)

Muscles worked: Trapezius, Rhomboids, and Various other neck and shoulder girdle muscles Starting Position: 1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart. 2. Hold a pair of PowerBlocks (or Dumbbells) by your sides level with your thighs, palms facing backwards. Keep your arms straight. The Movement: 1. Raise your shoulders straight up towards your ears, keeping your arms straight. 2. Hold for a count of two; then lower the , PowerBlocks (or Dumbbells) back to the starting position. Tips: • Keep your arms straight throughout the movement. • Lift and lower the PowerBlocks (or Dumbbells) slowly and deliberately - don't jerk them. • As you lower the dumbbells, allow your shoulders to drop down as far as possible ­this stretches the trapezius and increases the range of motion. • Do not rotate your shoulders backwards at the top of the movement - this increases the risk of injury to the shoulder and places no further work on the trapezius. • Use straps to improve your grip. Variation: Barbell shrug: Shrugs may be performed with a barbell instead of PowerBlocks (or Dumbbells). Hold a barbell in front of or behind your thighs, keep your arms straight and move the bar up and down as described above.
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