This excellent Trap Workout will leave you sore and maximise your gains in only 6 minutes.
Jeff from Athlean-X explains his thought process behind the workout and his choice of exercises.
“Here is how to execute this brief but effective trap workout. Start with a barbell loaded up with a weight that is considered heavy for shrugs but not too heavy since you are going to be required to perform 55 reps with this weight.
In this demo, I chose 245 lbs, which is heavy but certainly not approaching what I could do for max poundage.
Start by performing 10 reps of a barbell shrug and then immediately follow with a 10 second hold in the contracted position.
The key for the effectiveness of this trap workout however is the way in which you move the shoulders and bar on each rep.
Rather than lifting them straight up and down, you want to lift up and back at an angle, pulling your shoulders up towards your ears.
On the way down, rather than lowering them in a straight line instead let the shoulders round forward a bit.
After completing your initial 10 reps and 10 second hold, you immediately move onto 9 reps and a 9 second hold.
You attempt to keep descending in this fashion until you have completed your final rep and one second hold.
If you should finish all reps and there is time still remaining on your running clock of 6 minutes, perform an isometric trap hold for the remaining time if possible.
If at any point you are unable to keep the descent going and you need to put down the bar, you will perform the second traps exercise in the workout, the trap raise.
This can be done with a single weight plate just outside of the rack you are doing your shrugs in.
Raise the plate with both hands straight up overhead as high as you can.
Lower the plate back down under control. Perform 10 reps of this lower trap builder and immediately resume the descent to 1 on the barbell shrugs.