Barbell Power Shrug

Barbell Power Shrug


This exercise involves standing with a barbell in front of you and shrugging your shoulders up towards your ears, engaging your trapezius muscles. It is commonly used to build upper body strength and improve posture.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Barbell Power Shrug Instructions

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent.
  2. Grasp the barbell with an overhand grip, hands shoulder-width apart.
  3. Lift the barbell by extending your hips and knees, keeping your back straight.
  4. As you lift the barbell, shrug your shoulders up towards your ears.
  5. Hold the shrug for a second, then lower the barbell back down to the starting position.
  6. Repeat for the desired number of reps.

Barbell Power Shrug Form & Visual

Barbell Power Shrug

Barbell Power Shrug Benefits

  • Strengthens the upper trapezius muscles
  • Improves posture and shoulder stability
  • Increases grip strength
  • Can help prevent neck and shoulder injuries
  • Targets the muscles in the back, shoulders, and neck

Barbell Power Shrug Muscles Worked

  • Trapezius
  • Rhomboids
  • Erector Spinae
  • Levator Scapulae
  • Serratus Anterior

Barbell Power Shrug Variations & Alternatives

  • Dumbbell Power Shrug
  • Kettlebell Power Shrug
  • Trap Bar Power Shrug
  • Smith Machine Power Shrug
  • Cable Power Shrug