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How to Workout Your Trapezius Muscle for Maximum Gains

Anatomy of the Trapezius Muscle

Alright, listen up folks. Do you want to get those sexy, sculpted traps that turn heads at the beach? The trapezius muscle running along the upper spine and out to the shoulders is key for that strong, muscular look. But you can’t just do any ol’ shrugs and expect to blow up your traps. Nope, you need the inside scoop on how to blast your trapezius with the right exercises and techniques. Get ready to take your trap development to the next level. In this article, I’m showing you exactly how to carve out massive trapezius muscles that will get you noticed. With the workout plan laid out, you’ll be trapping out in no time. Let’s do this!

Best Exercises to Target the Trapezius

The trapezius muscle spans the upper back, shoulders, and neck. It has three distinct areas:

The upper trapezius originates at the base of the skull and extends to the collarbone.  It lifts and stabilizes your shoulders. To target it, do shoulder presses and lateral raises with dumbbells.

The middle trapezius runs from the spine out to the shoulder blades.  It pulls the shoulder blades back and up.  Reverse flys with resistance bands or cables are ideal for the middle traps.

The lower trapezius connects the shoulder blades to the spine.  It stabilizes your shoulders and allows a full range of motion.  Bent-over rear delt raises with dumbbells effectively work the lower traps.

To maximize your trapezius gains, focus on using moderately heavy weights and higher volume, such as 3 sets of 12-15 reps.  Be sure to use a full range of motion on each rep.  Also, allow for rest days in between trapezius workouts so your muscles have time to recover.

With dedicated training, you’ll develop powerful, shapely trapezius muscles in no time.  But be careful not to overdo it, as the trapezius is prone to strain.  Stay hydrated, stretch and listen to your body.  Your trapezius will thank you for it!

Trapezius Muscle Training Tips for Growth

To build your trapezius, focus on exercises that directly work for this muscle group. The trapezius runs from the base of your skull down to your mid-back, so any move that pulls your shoulders up targets this area.


The classic shoulder shrug is one of the best ways to isolate your trapezius.  Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and hold a barbell or dumbbells in front of you. Keeping your arms straight, shrug your shoulders up toward your ears as high as you can. Pause, then slowly lower back to the starting position. Aim for 3 sets of 10-15 reps.

Upright Rows

Upright rows also primarily work your traps. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and hold a barbell or dumbbells in front of your thighs with an overhand grip. Keeping your back straight, pull the weight up toward your chin by drawing your shoulders up and back. Pause, then slowly lower back down. Be careful not to swing the weight. Perform 3 sets of 10-15 reps.

Farmer’s Walk

 This exercise works your traps through static holding. Grab a pair of heavy dumbbells and hold them at your sides. Walk slowly for 30-60 seconds, keeping your core engaged and shoulders back. The prolonged tension works your traps, shoulders, and grip. Repeat for 2-3 reps.

With these three moves, you’ll be well on your way to building impressive trapezius muscles. Be consistent, start light, focus on form, and gradually build up weight over time as your traps get stronger.



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