I’m 16 years old, 5’7, and 145 pounds.
I’ve been lifting weights on and off for about a year now.
For some reason, I’ve had big trap muscles since the 7th or 8th grade. I never trained my traps or anything. They always have been kinda big just naturally. My big traps make my chest look big as well when I have a shirt on, so my yearbook pictures always had me looking pretty strong.
But my chest isn’t that strong since I only bench about 150.
Now here comes the dilemma. I want to get stronger and more muscular everywhere: Biceps, triceps, chest, back, legs, etc.
But not traps.
I want to get bigger and stronger, but I want my traps to be the same. I dont want my naturally trap muscles to get bigger than they already are.
Are there any exercises I should avoid(besides the obvious “shrugs”)?
Which exercises work the traps, so I should avoid them?
Is it possible for me to prevent my traps from getting bigger or will it they just keep getting bigger as the rest of my body gets stronger and more muscular?
P.S. How do you think my traps got so big? Heavy backpack as child? Squatting??