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Dumbbell Shrug

The dumbbell shrug is a shoulder exercise. To make certain that this workout is being performed properly, form and technique are critical. Follow the four steps below to correctly execute a dumbbell shrug.

  • A dumbbell in each hand and arms extended to your side, stand tall.
  • Exhaling and elevating your shoulders as high as you can, lift the dumbbells.

(NOTE: Do not use your biceps to help you lift the dumbbells; your shoulders should be the only body part moving up and down. Arms should remain extended at all times during this exercise.)

  • Hold this position for one second.
  • Lower the dumbbells.

Below is a link visually showing how to properly perform a dumbbell shrug: