Building Healthy, Powerful Traps Makes for a Stronger Body

by : Scott White

When exercising to develop a great physique, to reduce weight or to maintain a well defined body, one tends to incorporate various exercises into their exercise routine. There are different exercises which will help develop the different muscles of the body. Most people concentrate on the abs, triceps and biceps with the intention of getting a great body. However, it is necessary to work out all of the muscles of the body when exercising to experience complete muscle development.

One particular muscle that is often neglected is the trapezius muscle. It is possible to improve and strengthen your "trap" muscles with specialty exercises. With developed trap muscles and shoulders, you will have the appearance of a strongly built body, and it is possible only with the right exercises to develop your trapezius muscles to produce signs of power and strength in your body.

To develop your trapezius muscles, it is necessary that you use the correct exercises. With the right trapezius exercises, you can develop your traps, which will lead to the great physique, you are working hard for.

To begin with to have strong trap muscles, and then to further develop them, you need to follow proper trap exercises using weights. However, just because you are using heavy weights to properly develop your trapezius muscles, it is still very likely that you may injure your traps, shoulders or neck. So make sure that these heavy weights are handled with care to ensure the safety of your muscles, and if done properly, trap exercises can be rather effective in preventing injury to your shoulder and neck.

It is better to implement trap exercises into your body building program for the overall physical development of your body. This is because with trap exercises, it is possible to add lots of muscle to your body, and in the process, burn off lots of fat. With this, you develop an impressive physique.

When doing any type of exercise, it is important that neither your shoulders nor head leans forward. This is because doing trap exercises in this manner may only cause some painful injuries over time. It is important that exercises are done correctly to develop great trapezius muscles.

It is also important that you observe the right method to perform trapezius exercises. The right method helps avoid injuries and in the process, helps in the recruitment of various muscles. The effects of these exercises all depends upon your genes. Some genes react better, while others do not; but with the right exercises, it is possible to develop better, stronger and more developed traps.


The dumbbell shrug is a great trap exercise which promises trap muscle development. Obviously, this exercise is performed by shrugging with dumbbells.

For jump shrugs, which are another trap exercise, you need a set of dumbbells. With this exercise, you can build mass and strength in your trap exercises.

Neck rows are yet another trap exercise where you need a row machine with a seat and a rope. This trap exercise is a type of the seated back row exercise where emphasis is placed upon the trapezius muscles. However, you have to flare your arms to the sides while elbows are kept up.

Another type of trap exercise is the upright barbell row which is done using a cable machine or a barbell. Here it is the barbell that gives better results for the development of trap muscles.

There are similar trap exercises like cable shrugs, overhead shrugs and the calf machine shoulder shrugs.

It is always better to start trap exercises with the overhead shrug trap exercises and in no time at all, you will find that your trap muscles have developed much better than expected.