- Shrugs. It wouldn’t be a list of the best exercises for traps if we didn’t mention shrugs.
- Barbell Deadlift.
- Rack pulls.
- Upright rows.
- Face pulls.
What exercises give you big traps?
- Trap Bar Shrugs. Trap bar shrugs are a great way to overload the traps with external load, use a grip placement that allows for high terminal elevation, and minimize the stress on the anterior shoulder.
- Barbell Shrugs.
- Dumbbell Shrugs.
- Rack Pulls.
Are shrugs enough for traps?
Shrugs are a very effective exercise for building your traps, but most people who perform shrugs do them incorrectly (i.e. they use too much weight and don’t fully contract the muscle).
Why won’t my traps grow?
To really get your traps growing, you need two things: heavier weight and more volume. Ideally, both should be included every week that you train. You’ll want to hit the traps hard with as much weight as possible, keeping reps around 6-8 with some sets.