For a while my traps were lagging behind what I would have
liked. People suggested I do deadlifts, so I did deadlifts.
That helped, but I still didn’t have the development that
I wanted. So people suggested power cleans. So I (tried)
to do power cleans (with pathetic form), and again that
helped, but still didn’t provide me with the results I
But I discovered by accident what will make your traps grow like mad: farmer walks with heavy dumbells. The management retards designed the floorplan of the gym I train at in such a way that you have to carry the DBs a distance in order to use them in conjuntion with certain other pieces of equipment. After doing this a couple times, I noticed that my traps (and my forearms) really grew doing this. So I started intentionally incorporating farmer walks with heavy dumbells into my trap workouts. Sometimes I use them as a "finisher" exercise (see Chris Shugart's article on "Finishers.")
Now my goal is to do 100 - 2 - 100 - 2. What I mean by that is, walk 100 yards (about the length of the gym I train at) two times, carrying 2 100 lb dumbells (one in each hand). In other words, I walk from one end of the gym to the other, and back again. I haven't made it yet, as my forearms/grip usually give out. This is a great forearm/ grip exercise too!
The best part of this excersise are all the strange looks I get as I deadlift 2 100lb dumbells, walk through the free weight section, past the weight machines, past all the cardio equipment, and drop the dumbells down in front of the aerobics room. The looks on the faces of the employees who would otherwise have to put them back on the rack (if I didn't turn around and take them back) is priceless. Enjoy!