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Will barbell squats really strengthen back/deltoid/traps muscles?

If you are doing it in proper form, it'll build your middle back, lower back, glutes, legs and it'll also help strength the sides of the abs. Your shoulders and traps should see almost no change. ...
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Will barbell squats really strengthen back/deltoid/traps muscles?

The lower back is the failure point of back squats, and gets a lot of work out of them. So yes, back squats build the back. Are back squats the best for the lower back? Not always; I find deadlifts ...
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Shrugs - To roll or not to roll?

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 ...
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"Triceps" dips completely alleviate shoulder pain?

Think of the humerus as a lever. Top of the lever being the shoulder, bottom of the lever being the elbow.            As the bottom goes backward, ...
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Lower trapezius usefulness?

Scapular depression is a small part of the lower traps. They also, Upwardly rotate the scapula Retract the scapula Image found here. Unsure of original source. Upward rotation tends to be hard for ...
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Will barbell squats really strengthen back/deltoid/traps muscles?

The squat affects the following muscles: Erector Spinae Although you may not think of the squat as a back exercise, the erector spinae muscle group contracts isometrically -- without ...
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Would front squats involve lower traps?

It's very unlikely that front squats would work the lower traps to any significant degree. The lower fibres of the trapezius are responsible for the following movements of the scapula1: Upper ...
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Would front squats involve lower traps?

You're right. Here is why: Lower traps help depress shoulder blades and well as shoulder upward rotation and external rotation. Retracting your shoulders and pulling your shoulders down activates your ...
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Very weak bent over row caused by lateral scapular winging?

I'd say, yes, certainly, broader muscle group exercise can be negatively impacted by weak stabilizers. I injured my shoulder reaching for a volleyball swing years ago, and assumed it was a rotator ...
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High pull as a mass builder

Even if you don't care about explosive power, large compound lifts recruit and build a lot of muscle mass. You should use them to build a solid base and then build off that. However, I can't say I've ...
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Relieve muscle tension between the shoulder blades

I've recovered from various long-term muscle injuries myself using trigger-point massage in the affected and related areas causing the pain, sports massage to break down muscle scaring, stretching, ...
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Upper trap Y raise

A lot of times it's because you're handling more weight than your lower traps can handle (i'm assuming you're doing this with weights or a band) or because you haven't learned to engage them properly ...
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Difference between Y Raise variations

Exercise #2 Wins. Prone is the way to go (Y's on a swiss ball would be ideal). According to Maenhout et al 2016, the highest middle trapezius and lower trapezius muscle activation was found in ...
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How to minimize upper trap activation on facepull?

If you don't want to use your traps during a face pull you have to stop pulling together your shoulders and if you do that then it's no more a face pull. The face pull has many variations, but all ...
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Lower trapezius usefulness?

Floor L-Sits would use the scapular depression and force you to really push your body away from the floor Strong lower traps are important for healthy stable shoulders and good posture (rounded ...
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How to use less upper back in weighted machine rows?

If you watch the animation that you posted closely, I think you'll see two important adjustments to consider. First, make sure that the seat is correctly placed to target the lats. You'll notice ...
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Shrugs - To roll or not to roll?

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 ...
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