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Dumbbell Shrug


Dumbbell Shrug
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Exercise Description

Main Target Muscles


Secondary Target Muscles

Shoulder, Upper back

Workout Type


Gym Gear


Fitness Level




Power Move 


Target Muscle Group: Traps

Dumbbell Shrug Overview

The dumbbell shrug is an exercise that works the muscles in your upper back and shoulders. This exercise is important because it helps to strengthen these muscles, which can help to improve your posture and prevent pain in these areas. Additionally, strong upper back and shoulder muscles can help to increase your range of motion and improve your overall strength.

You can include dumbbell shrugs in your shoulder exercises, back exercises, and upper body workouts, as well as your full-body workouts.

How to Do it 

  1. Start by standing up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart and holding a dumbbell in each hand.
  2. Then, raise your shoulders up towards your ears as high as you can and hold for a count of two.
  3. Slowly lower your shoulders back down to the starting position and repeat. 
  4. Continue repeating until you reach the desired number.

Dumbbell Shrug Tips

  1. Be sure to keep your back straight and your chest up throughout the exercise.
  2. Raise your shoulders as high as you can and hold for a count of two before lowering them back down
  3. Use a weight that is heavy enough to challenge your muscles but not so heavy that it causes you pain
  4. If you are new to this exercise, start with lighter weights and gradually increase the amount of weight as you get stronger.

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