Anatomy & Physiology – Trapezius


We spent a lot of time this week working on your “shrug”. New York has been practicing his shrug…Meghan was missing hers on a couple of lifts the other day and figured out really quickly how much easier a clean is WITH the shrug.

What…though…are you firing off when you make that pull?

The trapezius is a large superficial muscle that extends longitudinally from the occipital bone to the lower thoracic vertebrae and laterally to the spine of the scapula (shoulder blade). Its functions are to move the scapulae and support the arm.

When we do mobility work and I lovingly shove a baseball under you, between your spine and your scapula – that’s your trapezius. You contract them to square your shoulders off to stand at the position of attention, you use them to shrug the barbell. They’re important. Know them. Love them. Fire them off and get the weight up!

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