This Shrug workout is a classic bodybuilding exercise that works the upper traps . Load the bar with a heavy weight (75–85% of deadlift 1RM) and shrug your shoulders straight up to your ears. Don’t roll the shoulders back, simply shrug them straight up, and think about touching your shoulders to your ears. Do this exercise for higher reps (somewhere in the 10–20-rep range.) This is a great isolation exercise for the upper traps.