Bad Exercise? Shrugs vs Overhead Carries and Farmer’s Walks

Bad Exercise? Shrugs vs Overhead Carries and Farmer’s Walks

Shrugs are often utilized to develop huge and enormous traps. But are overly developed upper traps something we really want, from a biomechanical and movement based perspective? As we discussed in episode X, proper scapular upward rotation is essential to shoulder mobility. The 3 primary scapular upward rotators are the #serratusanterior, #lowertraps, and #uppertraps. Most commonly, the upper traps are OVERDEVELOPED in individuals while the serratus anterior and lower traps are UNDERDEVELOPED. So working on serratus anterior + lower trap strength and motor control, as we depicted in episodes X, are a must for your shoulder health. However, building a strong and functional upper back IS something every athlete needs. And if building a strong upper back is the goal, why not train the upper traps in a FUNCTIONAL way? As shown, farmer carriers or overhead carriers are a great, functional way to train the upper traps and develop a strong upper back.
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