Cable Shrug

Cable Shrug


This exercise involves standing with a cable machine and pulling the cable up towards your shoulders while shrugging your shoulders up towards your ears. It primarily targets the trapezius muscles in the upper back and shoulders.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Cable Shrug Instructions

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold a cable in each hand with an overhand grip.
  2. Bring your shoulders up towards your ears, squeezing your traps at the top of the movement.
  3. Hold for a second, then slowly lower your shoulders back down to the starting position.
  4. Repeat for the desired number of reps.

Cable Shrug Form & Visual

Cable Shrug

Cable Shrug Benefits

  • Targets the trapezius muscles in the upper back and shoulders
  • Improves posture and shoulder stability
  • Can be done with heavy weights to increase strength and muscle mass
  • Allows for a greater range of motion compared to traditional barbell shrugs
  • Can be easily modified for different fitness levels and abilities

Cable Shrug Muscles Worked

  • Trapezius
  • Rhomboids
  • Levator Scapulae

Cable Shrug Variations & Alternatives