How to Coach the Barbell Shrug
If you are looking for an exercise to build your upper trapezius, then look no further than the barbell shrug.
- First, have your client grasp a bar with slightly wider than shoulder grip. This grip can be either overhand or staggered, with one hand pronated and the other supinated.
- Next, have your client pick up the bar and bring it to their hips with their arms straight in front of them.
- Once the bar is in place, have your client shrug their shoulders straight up and then let them straight back down under control.
Many times in the gym you will see people round or roll their shoulders as they shrug up; this is incorrect and unnecessary, just have them shrug straight up and down.
Throughout the exercise make sure that your client keeps their head straight, back flat, and chest up. Additionally, have your client breathe out on the shrug up and in on the way back down.
The shrug is relatively simple to explain, but clients still need to learn to perform it correctly in order to stay safe and to continue making gains.