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Are shrugs a safe exercise?

Shrugs can be a very good exercise for developing strength in your shoulders and trapezius muscles (muscles of your upper back), and can be a safe exercise when performed correctly. However, if you have preexisting tightness in your neck or experience neck/shoulder pain during this exercise, alternative shoulder exercises such as a dumbbell scaption may be a better option.

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