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If you look at the shape and function(s) of the traps, I think it’s apparent that rolling the shoulders does not provide any extra benefit, or, activation of the target muscles. Gravity only works in one direction and you are not working anything by going back and forth. ...


EXRX has this to say: It's only necessary to raise and lower the shoulders during shrugs. The lower and middle trapezius will be exercised during other basic exercises. Better, I replace them with cleans. Which are just kick ass in general and then you don't have to be that guy doing shrugs in the mirror.

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