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    Default Strong Traps

    by Bill Starr

    Strong traps have a direct bearing on nearly every exercise in strength training. Obviously, they help all pulling movements, but they play a major role in squatting as well. Without a strong upper body, the athlete is not able to hold the proper positioning during a heavy squat. And while few think in terms of upper back strength in connection with pressing movements, a strong upper back benefits bench presses, inclines, and particularly overhead presses.

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    I always look forward to Starr's articles -- as much for the content as the quality of the writing.

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    If we chip in an buy Bill a computer is there any chance he would use it?

    ... another great piece.

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    So to clarify, the type of shrug mentioned is not the typical barbell one where you stand straight up and shrug, its actually a hip extension and shrug?

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    Is this actually not clear to you? Or do you just want somebody to answer a post?

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    What set and rep range is suggested for shrugs? 5's, 3's?

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    Starr always had me do sets of 5. Just one set at the top.

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    Rip,

    Where would you place the top pulls that you are pictured doing in the Texas Method?

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    Where is this picture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    Where is this picture?
    At the bottom of page 6 there is a series of photos.

    So where would be the best place to put those in TM.

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