Lever Shrug (plate loaded)

Lever Shrug (plate loaded)

The Lever Shrug (plate loaded) is a highly effective exercise that targets the muscles of your upper back, particularly the trapezius muscle. It is performed using a plate loaded lever machine, which provides stability and controlled resistance for the movement. This exercise is great for anyone looking to develop strength and size in their upper back. The Lever Shrug primarily involves shrugging your shoulders upward in a controlled and deliberate manner. By doing this movement, you engage your trapezius muscle, which is responsible for shoulder elevation and stability. Strengthening your trapezius not only enhances your posture but also supports other upper body exercises such as deadlifts, overhead presses, and pull-ups. Adding plate loaded weight to the lever machine allows for progressive overload, meaning you can increase the resistance over time as your strength improves. This helps to stimulate muscle growth and promote overall upper back development. It is important to maintain proper form and technique while performing the Lever Shrug (plate loaded). This includes keeping a neutral spine, engaging your core, and avoiding excessive movement in your neck and shoulders. Remember to start with a weight that challenges you without compromising your form, and gradually increase as you become more comfortable and confident with the exercise. Incorporating the Lever Shrug (plate loaded) into your workout routine can be an excellent way to build strength and definition in your upper back. As with any exercise, it is important to listen to your body, start with appropriate weights, and gradually increase intensity as you progress. Happy lifting!


  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent.
  • Grasp the handles or straps of the plate-loaded lever shrug machine with an overhand grip.
  • Keep your back straight and your shoulders relaxed.
  • Pull the handles or straps up toward your ears, shrugging your shoulders as high as possible.
  • Hold the contracted position for a brief pause.
  • Slowly lower the handles or straps back down to the starting position.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on proper form and technique to maximize the effectiveness of the exercise.
  • Engage your core muscles throughout the movement to maintain stability and control.
  • Start with light weights and gradually increase the load as you become comfortable with the exercise.
  • Control the movement both on the way up and down, avoiding any jerking or swinging motions.
  • Squeeze your shoulder blades together at the top of the movement to fully engage the upper back muscles.
  • Take a brief pause at the top of the movement to create an isometric contraction in the traps.
  • Breathe continuously throughout the exercise, exhaling during the concentric phase and inhaling during the eccentric phase.
  • Avoid excessively shrugging your shoulders or hunching your back, as this can lead to poor posture and potential injury.
  • If performing the exercise at home, ensure that you have a sturdy and stable surface to support the weight.
  • To prevent muscular imbalances, balance out your training routine by incorporating exercises that target other muscle groups as well.


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