Lever Gripless Shrug

Lever Gripless Shrug

The Lever Gripless Shrug is a fantastic exercise for targeting your upper trapezius muscles, which are located in the neck and upper back region. This exercise can be performed using either a barbell or dumbbells, depending on your equipment availability and personal preference. The Lever Gripless Shrug gets its name from the unique position of your hands during the movement. Unlike traditional shrugs where your hands grip the barbell or dumbbells, in this exercise, your palms face downwards and your fingers naturally extend alongside the weights. This gripless position puts more emphasis on your traps, allowing for a deeper contraction and providing an excellent challenge. When performing the Lever Gripless Shrug, it's essential to maintain proper form to maximize results and minimize the risk of injury. Engage your core and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keep your back straight and shoulders pulled back. As you lift the weights, focus on elevating your shoulders towards your ears, squeezing your traps at the top of the movement, and then slowly lowering the weights back down. As with any exercise, start with a weight that challenges you but still allows you to maintain proper form. Gradually increase the weight as you become more comfortable with the movement. Aim for 3–4 sets of 10–12 reps, and remember to breathe evenly throughout the exercise. The Lever Gripless Shrug is a terrific addition to any upper body workout routine. By incorporating this exercise, you can effectively develop and strengthen your upper trapezius muscles, leading to improved posture, increased shoulder stability, and a stronger overall upper body. Incorporate this exercise into your workout regimen and experience the benefits for yourself!


  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent.
  • Keep your back straight and engage your core muscles.
  • Bend your elbows and extend your arms straight out in front of you.
  • Bring your shoulder blades together and lift your shoulders as high as possible.
  • Hold the contraction for a couple of seconds and then slowly lower your shoulders back down.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on maintaining proper form throughout the movement.
  • Engage your shoulder blades by squeezing them together at the top of the movement.
  • Implement a controlled and slow tempo for optimal muscle engagement.
  • Ensure that your core is engaged and your back is straight during the exercise.
  • Gradually increase the weight as you become stronger to challenge your muscles.
  • Avoid using momentum and rely solely on your muscles to perform the exercise.
  • Incorporate a full range of motion by shrugging your shoulders as high as possible at the top of the movement.
  • Breathe properly by exhaling as you lift the weight and inhaling as you lower it.
  • Allow for adequate rest and recovery between sets and workouts to prevent overtraining.
  • Stay consistent with your training and gradually increase the intensity over time.


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