How to do a Cable Shrugs

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About Cable Shrugs

Sets Logged
213,359
Popularity Rank
445th
Difficulty
Intermediate
Trapezius Strength
98 mSCORE 3rd
Equipment Required
Primary Muscles
Secondary Muscles
None

Instructions: How To

This exercise is a cable variation on the standard shrug, and primarily targets the traps. The constant tension provided by the cable ensures effective muscle engagement throughout the movement. The use of a cable also allows for slight variations in the direction of your resistance.

  1. Place the pulleys to the lowest position, and grasp a handle in each hand with an overhand grip.
  2. Position yourself in the in the center of the cable crossover machine, and stand with your feet roughly shoulder width apart, and a slight bend in your knees.
  3. Engage your traps to raise your shoulders towards your ears.
  4. Hold this position for a moment before slowly returning to the starting position while maintaining tension in your traps.

Reps & Weight: How much to lift

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  • beginner
    8
    reps
    30
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    1 Rep Max
    40
    lbs
  • intermediate
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    reps
    40
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  • advanced
    8
    reps
    45
    lbs
    55
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