Barbell Shrug

Learn how to perform a barbell shrug perfectly with instructions and video by SHOCK Fitness Trainer, Ashley Steele.

How to Barbell Shrug

Primary Muscles: Upper Body,  Shoulders

Equipment: Barbell

Trainer: Ashley Steele


  1. Grip the barbell with the hands prone (palms facing down) and space the hands shoulder-width. Slightly pull the shoulders blades back, keeping the spine and head in good posture. This is the starting position.

  2. Elevate the shoulders toward the ears. Squeeze hard at the top and slowly lower the weight back to the starting position. Repeat the shrug for the specified amount of time or repetitions.

  3. You should feel this working your arms, traps, upper back, and shoulders. 

Alternative Exercises:

Dumbbell Shrug  Front Raise

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