The one arm cable shrug is a perfect move for activating your traps in an isolated manner, one from the other to ensure no muscular imbalances are present.
- 1Place a handle on the lower pulley
- 2Stand away and to the side from the machine and grab the lower pulley
- 3Keep hand facing the torso
- 4Lean to the opposite side slightly
- 5Shrug the working arm and contract the trapezius up top
- 6Go back down slowly
- 7Do it on both sides
You want to maintain a nice fluid motion whenever doing this exercise while focusing on the mind-muscle connection.
Note that this exercise is not about lifting gas heavy of a weight as possible, which will surely cause you to lose the tension in the muscle tissues.