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    Shoulder Shrugs

    when doin shoulder shrugs, shuld i roll my shoulders when i come to the top of the shrug or should i just bring it straight down
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    I've always been told to bring them straight down. If you roll you shoulders you put your rotator cuff at risk of injury.
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    think of it as trying to touch your ears with your shoulders, not the other way around.
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    i've heard and read never to roll shoulders just shrug straight up and down
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    Re: Shoulder Shrugs

    Originally posted by baller205
    when doin shoulder shrugs, shuld i roll my shoulders when i come to the top of the shrug or should i just bring it straight down
    like everyone else has emphasized, do them straight up and down. make sure the movement is controlled and that you're getting a full ROM.

    try changing your method from time to time...........be sure to use both dumbbells and barbells, and maybe even try using the smith machine and do shrugs from behind.
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    Never roll your shoulders unless you want a rotator cuff injury, it happened to a gym friend of mine doing shrugs with 495lbs go straight up and straight down..
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    its always straight up. hold the weights straight down from like a little bit past your sides/ Like a infront of your upper leg. But try out different spots to find where you feel more of a burn and work being done. The slightest inch can give more of a workout than a inch off.
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    I agree, don't do rolling shrugs unless you are asking for a serious rotator cuff injury.
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    Re: Re: Shoulder Shrugs

    Originally posted by Xtreme4Life
    like everyone else has emphasized, do them straight up and down. make sure the movement is controlled and that you're getting a full ROM.

    try changing your method from time to time...........be sure to use both dumbbells and barbells, and maybe even try using the smith machine and do shrugs from behind.
    Is it better to shrug from behind on the smith machine? I shrug from the front and get a good workout, but it hurts my lower back because I have to hunch a bit with the weight I use.
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    It just hits your traps differently, but make sure you DO NOT hunch when doing shrugs. If you do, you will not only be taking pressure off your traps and putting some down into your rhomboids, but you will develop a hunch in your back. Very unattractive. Ask Quasi Moto.
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    Thanks

    I hadn't heard much about rolling or not rolling your shoulders during shoulder shrugs, and was also wondering this same question, this cleared it up. Thanks!
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    Do you think it would be okay to roll your shoulders with a pretty light weight to work on the smaller muscles around the rotator cuff or no? Just curious , thanks!
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    Originally Posted by KyokushinTiger View Post
    Never roll your shoulders unless you want a rotator cuff injury, it happened to a gym friend of mine doing shrugs with 495lbs go straight up and straight down..
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    Originally Posted by AlphaBrass01 View Post
    Up and down.
    Oh ****.. OPs been rolling shoulders for 8 years now.
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    Originally Posted by Farnzi View Post
    Do you think it would be okay to roll your shoulders with a pretty light weight to work on the smaller muscles around the rotator cuff or no? Just curious , thanks!
    I wouldn't think there is any benefit to rolling the shoulders. Even by the time you'd get to a light enough weight to deem it "safe", it would be too light to have any bebefit.

    The only variation I do occasionally with the lighter weight is to very slightly lean forward at the hips with a slight bend in the knees to give the lighter sets a somewhat front to back lift (in relation to the shoulder complex) as opposed to straight up and down.
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