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Lower Trapezius Exercises


Question

Is it possible to isolate the lower Trapezius muscle for exercise purposes and if so can you suggest an exercise.?

Answer

Yes, you can emphasize (as opposed to isolate) the lower trapezius. The key in all kinetic chain deficits is to think… How can I emphasize the muscle region to function better? Muscles have anatomic individuality but they do not have functional individuality. Therefore, if you emphasize a muscle region be sure to follow-up with function. At the National Academy of Sports Medicine we call this training approach isolated integration.

Examples for lower trap emphasis:

Please see the exercise library for a detailed list of exercises.