Barbell Shoulder Shrugs
Pick up a barbell with an overhand grip and hold in front of your thighs.
Lean slightly forward, then lift your shoulders towards your ears. Lower your shoulders to the starting position.
Barbells may be fixed or adjustable. If yours is adjustable, be sure to tighten the safety clips or screws on both ends after adjusting the weight plates.
Levator scapulae, Upper and middle trapezius
TIP: Lean forward just far enough to clear your thighs so the bar doesn't rub against your legs as you lift and lower your shoulders.
Variations for Barbell Shoulder Shrugs
Give your arms a break while you strengthen your shoulders and upper back with this exercise with a couple of dumbbells.
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