How to Coach the Barbell Shrug

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.

How To

  • 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.

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Matthew Johnson is a fitness writer, personal trainer, strength coach, as well as a former gym owner. Matthew holds an MBA from The University of Memphis and a Master’s in Exercise Science from Middle Tennessee State University. Matthew has also earned the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist credential from the NSCA. Matthew recently published his first book, 300 30 Minute Workouts for Busy People, and lives in Memphis, TN with his wife, Anna, and their dog Henderson, and cat, Sox.

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