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How do I do the trapezius-strengthening exercise?

Unless performed as a combination, there is no one single exercise that strengthens the entire trapezius. It has 3 sections, the upper, middle, and lower fiber are all engaged through different motions. Most often, the lower and middle fibers are those that need strengthening. The upper traps are often tight, and culprits of neck pain and tension. To strengthen the middle and lower fibers, do the stability ball cobra. This exercise forces you to pull your scapulae into proper position. To perform the stability ball cobra lay prone on a stability ball with your hands in front of you. Your body should be rigid with your core and glutes engaged. Slowly bring your hands to your sides, pointing your thumps up. While performing the movement, squeeze the muscles between your shoulder blades. Once your hands reach your sides, hold this position for 1-2 seconds, and then return to your starting position. Perform 3 sets of 10-12 repetitions.

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