Purpose of Exercise: To develop the trapezius muscles.
Stand upright, holding a barbell at arm’s length in front of you, using an overhand grip. Raise your shoulders as high as you can, as if trying to touch them to your ears. Hold and squeeze in this position for a moment, then lower the bar, under control, back to the starting position.
Variations: You can sometimes find shrugging machines in different gyms. Make sure on these machines to use strict form. You can also use a squat rack putting the bar on a lower support bracket which allows you to use more poundage and taking away having to lift the weight off of the floor.