Friday, May 13, 2011

Strengthen Your Trapezius Muscle (Part 3 of 3)

The last joint action we will blog is scapular depression.  Most people don't intentionally try to perform scapular depression but they do get the job done when they are performing some type of pulldown; like a close-grip pulldown (pictured). 

When you start with your arms stretched out high, your shoulder blades elevate to the starting position.  After you pull your arms down with a combination scapular depression/shoulder extension movement, you will activate your lower traps along with your latissimus dorsi for a strong back.

In summary, try to work the trapezius muscle with all 4 joint actions: scapular elevation, depression, upward rotation, and retraction.  Using 15+ reps won't add as much size as performing 8 to 12 reps.

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