How to Do Barbell Shrug: Muscles Worked & Proper Form

Barbell Shrug exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Barbell Shrugs

Muscles worked in barbell shrugs

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Do Barbell Shrugs

  1. Hold a barbell in straight arms in front of your body.
  2. Lift your shoulders straight up as high as possible.
  3. Lower your shoulders again.


The shrug is an isolation exercise for the muscles that lifts and supports your shoulder girdle, like the top portion of your trapezius among others. Dumbbells, barbell, and trap bar are all common tools for this exercise.

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