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Thread: Shrugs vs. Upright Rows

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    Default Shrugs vs. Upright Rows

    I have pretty much always used Shrugs to workout my traps. I was wondering if alternating/switching to doing Upright Rows (barbell or cable) would be something that I should consider, or if Shrugs are overall a better exercise (maybe since Shrugs allow for a greater weight?)
    Than you in advance for your expertise!
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    From what i've read would shrugs/upright rows be compound enough for main HST plan?

    Military press/shoulder press would be better.
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    My workout already incorporates shoulder press. I am doing the Shrugs on top of that.
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    Hi Yomtlhc

    I do shrugs purley as I can use heavier weight's and that I think they isolate the traps better but that could just be in my head.

    I had behind the back shrugs in my exercise routine for my 15s and , I now rotate between front and behind the back shrugs on my 5s but I also superset them with cleans and military presses. It gets pretty intense but I have seen good gains on my traps, kneck and shoulders. I have started to do "cheat" military presses to get the weight up as I hit a plateau on straight military presses at 47.5kg for 5 x 5s on the stronglift programme. I am already upto 60kg on my first cycle of HST on the 3 x 5's. I shoudl hit 70kg by the end of my cycle some pretty signifcant gains for me

    Kev
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    Kev thats some pretty impressive progress!

    When you say you "cheat", is it similiar to a push press where you bend at the knees and pop the weight up then lower slowly?
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    Yes, thats it push press. Didn't know thats what they were called.

    Actually did it by accident, I had 57.5kg on the bar that I had put back in the rack after doing some SLDL's, then when I started my shrugs and supersets I used the 57.5kg for the press and thought I was just having a bad day until I came to chaneg the weight later. Somaybe the plateau was in my head.

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