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Workout plan:

So I've been following the guide set forth at the url above. I've noticed very minor gains in size and I actually think the growth is just swelling caused by my creatine.

I'm following the guide and I'm also waiting 2 minutes before starting a new set (this was set forth in a chart posted here a while back)

I'm shrugging up to 315 lbs. I'm using straps to help hold the weight.

So what can I do to make my traps grow?

Note: I just realized that the link is for teen body building. Not sure if that makes a diff.

The Workout:

For Delts:

 - Warm up with 1 set of light dumbbell presses
 - 3 sets of dumbbell shoulder presses at 8-6-6(do military press about every other week).
 - 3 sets of forward lateral raises at 8-6-6
 - 3 sets of side lateral raises at 8-6-6
 - 3 sets of rear laterals at 8-6-6

For Traps:

 - Warm up with a light pair of dumbbells (not too light)
 - 4 sets of forward shrugs at 10-8-8
 - 4 sets of reverse shrugs at 12-10-8 (will have to go lighter on theses till you get the hang of it).
 - Burnout with as many reps as you can do with half the weight you did at 8 reps for the reverse shrugs.
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I can't get to the link, could you summarize it in your post? – DForck42 Oct 30 '12 at 16:38
Could you detail your diet? Are you recovering well--plenty of sleep, a couple rest days every week? – Dave Liepmann Oct 30 '12 at 17:22
DAve, diet is normal, I eat healthy, take protein and vitamins. Probably 3000-4000 calories a day. I rest 4-5 days before doing traps and shoulders again – DustinDavis Oct 30 '12 at 17:27
How many complete rest days, without working other muscle groups? – Dave Liepmann Oct 30 '12 at 17:34
@DForck42 If he can do 400lb squats and 200lb pistols I'd say that concerns about him not getting anywhere are misguided. – Dave Liepmann Oct 30 '12 at 18:14
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I've seen a pretty big improvement in my trap development since starting strong lifts. Breakdown of the program's lifts:

  • squats: don't activate your traps much from my knowledge
  • bench press: activates your traps isometrically to protect your neck while lifting
  • Bo/pendlay rows: activates your traps
  • overhead press: if you do these with the correct lockout/shurg at the top you get MAJOR workout of the traps
  • deadlift: activates the traps

My suggestion would be to incorporate major lifts that require trap use in the lift instead of focusing on isolation exercises. But with anything YMMV, and I don't know what else you're doing.

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Ah, well I am bench pressing and doing overhead presses but I was doing those for my chest and they aren't much weight, was doing them more for tone. I haven't done pedlay rows in a while but I am doing a variation of them with a dumbell one arm at a time (Kneeling One Arm Row) – DustinDavis Oct 30 '12 at 23:26
@dustindavis did a little research on the movements you listed in your training. it seems that they all activate the traps in some fashion, so the only thing i can think of is that maybe you're not stressing them enough? From some of the stuff i've read isolation movements (movements that focus on one sole muscle) are only effective to a point before you plateau and are no longer able to continue stressing that muscle without causing serious injury. If you discover that may be the possibility i would definately consider compund lifts. – DForck42 Oct 31 '12 at 14:58
I was thinking that maybe I'm not going heavy enough, but I'm pretty much at max right now. I was thinking that maybe I'm not burning out with enough weight though. My traps are good sized when I flex, but I'm looking for them to pop when I'm not flexing. Maybe I need a diff routine. I'll look into strong lifts like you listed. – DustinDavis Oct 31 '12 at 15:08

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