How to Do Dumbbell Shrug: Muscles Worked & Proper Form

Dumbbell Shrug exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Dumbbell Shrugs

Muscles worked in dumbbell shrugs

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Do Dumbbell Shrugs

  1. Hold a pair of dumbbells at your sides.
  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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