This exercise involves standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and holding a resistance band with both hands. You then lift your shoulders up towards your ears and squeeze your shoulder blades together, holding for a few seconds before releasing. This helps to strengthen the upper back and shoulder muscles.
Band Shrug Instructions
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold a resistance band with both hands, palms facing inwards.
- Bring your hands up towards your shoulders, keeping your elbows close to your body.
- Shrug your shoulders up towards your ears, squeezing your shoulder blades together.
- Hold for a few seconds, then slowly lower your shoulders back down to the starting position.
- Repeat for the desired number of reps.
Band Shrug Form & Visual
Band Shrug Benefits
- Strengthens the upper back muscles
- Improves posture by pulling the shoulders back and down
- Increases shoulder mobility and flexibility
- Can help alleviate neck and shoulder pain caused by poor posture
- Can be done with resistance bands, making it a convenient exercise to do at home or while traveling
Band Shrug Muscles Worked
- Levator scapulae