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Old 08-09-2010, 08:40 AM   #1
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Default Argument Against Heavy Shrugs classic: "Argument against heavy Shrugs."

"Just a clarification on the traps - One of the points of doing them higher rep is the principle of time under tension, while it's certainly true that heavier weights will make them stronger - So will an increased period of stress, at no point in a 20 rep set of shrugs are your traps not under tension. In training the period of stress more similarly to a deadlift, the training is more specific and useful, a single shrug for exampled will take a fraction of a second whereas a grindy deadlift can take approximately 8.6 million years.

You don't shrug a deadlift, your traps are there to support the weight and maintain it's position so the ability to shrug weights far in excess of your deadlift is redundant, especially given that they are never going to be the weak point of the lift.

This is the reasoning, as I understand it behind recommending higher rep sets for things like shrugs and DB rows, specificity in training the lifts through time under tension."

That just happened. O_O

Listen up, people: The way to get stronger Traps is NOT to use heavy weights; you might injure yourself/your big toe/your vagina. Instead, we should get used to repping lighter weights because there's no REAL point to getting big, strong Traps in the first place...

Time under tension...and that was from the PLing section, btw. one wonders why they don't train everything high rep, with that kind of reasoning...
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