Trap Exercises

Cable Shrugs

The Cable Shrug is a variation of the standard shrug is done using a cable machine. A cable machine's weight is easier to adjust. This version is better suited to people doing drop sets or those who aren't sure about what weight they're comfortable with.

Cable Shrugs - Step 1 Cable Shrugs - Step 2


  1. Attach a flat shoulder width bar to the lowest cable pulley. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Keep your abs tight and a slight bend in your knees to protect your lower back. Starting with the bar at waist height, raise your shoulders toward your ears as if you're saying,"I don't know." Hold briefly at the top of the contraction then lower in a slow and controlled manner.


  • Be careful not to roll your shoulders at the end of the movement as this increases your risk of injury. As with any shoulder exercise, do not do this if you are experiencing any shoulder pain.

Cable Shrugs - Muscles Worked

Primary Muscle: Traps
Secondary Muscle: None
Equipment Type: Cable

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