The Best Exercise for Bigger Traps!

Dec 12 / Build Muscle

Given the popularity of shrugs, lateral raises, and upright rows, guys seem to spend plenty of time working their upper traps. But what about their lower traps? Turns out, this part of the trapezius—responsible for pulling your shoulder blades down—is often ignored, leaving the muscle weak. This can leave you with poor posture and make you more likely to fall victim to injuries such as shoulder impingement. The fix for weak traps? An exercise called the bent-over Y. The no-weight version works great as a warmup before any workout, and you can perform it with dumbbells for serious strength gains. Fair warning: You may be surprised that even holding a light weight will make it highly challenging. Watch the video above to discover how to do the bent-over Y with perfect form, and you'll be on your way to massive traps.

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