- This movement is performed in a standing position. Preferably by a squat rack to
make it easier to grab the barbell and lower it safely down again once done.
- Stand with your knees slightly bent. Grasp the barbell shoulder width, be sure to
get a firm grip with palms facing in. You may use wrist straps to relieve forearm
strain if you use a heavy weight.
- Now, raise the barbell from its support and raise your shoulders as high as you can
keeping your arms close to your sides without bending at your elbow.
- Hold for 1-2 seconds, contracting the muscle. Then release back down to the starting
- This is an excellent movement for training your trapezius muscles. The key in this
exercise is to let your trapezius raise your shoulder, without jerking it up.