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    Getting a stiff neck after high bar squats.

    Hey guys so I’ve been transitioning from mainly doing low bar squats to high bar and I’ve been having some issues with having a stiff neck afterward. I’m not a new lifter, and can squat just under 500.

    When I setup, I’ve been trying to keep it off my neck by shrugging the shoulders up. I think I instinctively press up with my hands a bit too. I’m not sure if I should be trying to raise the elbows in the back or not.

    Anyways is there any advice or questions you guys might have that could help me correct this issue? I squat 2x a week but once I go beyond 275 then I begin to have issues.
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    It sounds like a simple case of a lot of pressure on the traps.

    I really like overhead barbell shrugging. It enables you to work the muscle through a full range of motion with a smooth action - which I think is essential to free moving muscles. Unlike conventional shrugs, it's much more focused on the upper traps and you need much less weight so it has a smaller impact on your total workload.

    Really get those scapulae moving up and down from a fully depressed to a fully elevated position.
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