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Dumbbell Shrugs

Written by Kristine Beissner

January 2, 2020

Gym Exercises

Shrugs engage the trapezius, shoulder and back muscles to do the heavy lifting whilst a range of smaller muscles groups help in the process. Learn how to perform this unique exercise with the team at Fitness Institute!

To begin, hold the dumbbells by your side (Figure 1). Ensure you have a solid grip.

From here, contract the traps to bring the shoulders up to your ears (Figure 2).

Ensure shoulders do not hunch forward.

Allow the shoulders to return to the start position in a controlled movement.

Remember to seek the advice of your fitness trainer, medical and/or allied health professionals, if you are new to exercise or have an injury or medical condition to consider.

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