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Reverse Shrugs


I read in an Eric Cressey article that shrugs are bad. I think he said it was because it causes a vertical rotation of the scapula or something. I was wondering if reverse shrugs would have the opposite effect and help in shoulder stabilization. I cannot find any articles on this.

Here is a video showing what I mean by reverse shrugs


I call those Serratus Dips or Dip Shrugs. They are a great preventative based exercise and recruit the serratus anterior and other scapular stabilizers. I would not put them in the same category as the traditional shrug.


i thought the only issue with shrugs was rolling the shoulders