Smith Machine Reverse Shrug

The reverse barbell shrug performed on a smith machine is a great trap exercise to add into your routine when you have access to a smith machine. While the traditional barbell shrug and dumbbell shrug are great exercises for a thicker upper back and bigger traps, the reverse smith machine barbell shrug offers some advantages and gives you great control to get a fantastic squeeze and pump in your traps.

I really like going going higher rep on this and getting a massive pump. I recommend you stick in the rep range of 10-15 reps and focus on form over ego lifting on this move. 

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execution of reverse barbell shrug on a smith machine

  1. 1
    Start off with the bar resting against your glutes and your hands about shoulder width apart. 
  2. 2
    Feet should be about shoulder width apart
  3. 3
    Shrug the bar up as high as you can, and hold and squeeze at the top of the move
  4. 4
    Let the bar go down slow and controlled on the eccentric portion.
  5. 5
    Channel a great mind-muscle connection and perform sets in the 10-15 rep range

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