Traps are the easily most overlooked body part and which is ignored constantly due to the misinformation that it is not important in weight and muscle gaining. Most people work increasingly on the chest and shoulders and get confused when they do not get the proper results. Working on the traps can benefit the upper part of the body and gets a strong build between the shoulders and back muscles. It also helps in developing the shoulders once the traps are capable of lifting weights thus removing the chances if any back pain or injuries which are dangerous.
How to Build Traps
Employing certain exercises to set your traps before starting extensive work on the shoulders helps enormously. The body can only lift so much weight at a time so consider these following exercises a warm up setup that can build proper traps.
Starting with the shrugs is the right way to initiate workouts. These are simple stand positions and, with the help of dumbbells, shifting the upper shoulders and building the traps. Start with a few reps and move up from there; working too much can have a negative effect on the neck therefore caution is advised.
- Barbell Pulls
Performing the barbell exercises by keeping the shoulder and hands straight and works out rather than in is called the barbell pulls. Holding the rod in a straight position face front by putting pressure from the top rather than the bottom works those trap muscles.
- Overhead Carry
The overhead carry exercise is the main builder of traps. It is applied using a dumbbell and moving it at the back of the head and working from there. The pulls and reps in this area can bulge up those traps more consistently.
- Face Pulls
The face pull is basically the pulling of a rod, chain or rope (preferred choice) by hanging it to the weights and pulling towards oneself. Continuous pulls helps target the traps and strengthens the shoulder muscles as well.
- Lateral Raises
Picking dumbbells and lifting them on the sides while standing in an erect position covers up the lateral raise exercise.