Although it happens at a single shoulder joint, the shrug activates several other muscles, including those used for weightlifting, carrying, bench presses, pull-ups, deadlifts, and more. In this new guide, Fitness Fahrenheit provides a detailed overview of the different muscles involved in the exercise and their role in promoting strength building.
More details are available at https://www.fitnessfahrenheit.com/what-do-shrugs-work/
With the new guide, strength builders can understand the importance of adding shoulder shrugs to their workout routines to build strong, defined shoulders and improve their overall fitness.
“Shrugs work a lot more muscles than you might think, activating the trapezius muscles, stabilizer muscles, some secondary muscle groups, and synergist muscles,” said Koji Lopez, author of the guide. “However, you must use proper shrug form: don’t move your shoulder forwards or backwards.”
The shoulder shrug is a popular workout amongst strength builders owing to its ability to strengthen the muscles in the upper body that are required to perform other strength-building activities.
According to the guide, the shrugging motion activates the stabilizing and synergist muscles that are popular amongst bodybuilders. Some of the muscles activated during the shrug workout include primary stabilizer muscles such as the erector spinae and some synergist muscles including the levator scapulae.
Fitness Fahrenheit emphasizes that by strengthening and tightening key muscles in the upper body such as the trapezius muscles, otherwise called the traps, shrugs can play a critical role in maintaining proper posture. By strengthening these muscles with the shoulder shrug exercise, individuals can also reduce the risk of getting injured during workouts and suffering chronic pain in their upper or lower back.
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A spokesperson said: “There’s an enormous range of muscles that could potentially be worked depending on the types of shrugs that you’re doing. If you were doing a shrug with a weight like a barbell, then it would be working your arm muscles, while a shrug with a dumbbell would work your core muscles.”
Interested parties can find more information on the new shrug workout guide by visiting https://www.fitnessfahrenheit.com/what-do-shrugs-work/
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