I have a specific question about the training of the traps. If you plan to train the traps in conjunction with other muscle groups on a given day (as opposed to, say, Christian Thibaudeau’s trap concentration day program), should they be trained with the back or the shoulders?
For the upper body part of my routine, I do chest, tri’s, and shoulders one day and back and bi’s another. To prevent overtraining of the traps (hitting them on all of the upper body days from back and shoulder movements), I would just like to know when it would be best to train them. Thanks in advance for replies. [/quote]
First, I think you are making a mistake by training your chest, triceps AND shoulders all in one day. I remember doing that as a beginner and, truthfully, unless you just stepped into a weightroom a few months ago, I am not convinced that you are able to produce maximum intensity during a training session with that many body parts thrown in. What will generally happen is you hold back on some exercises simply because you have more body parts to train.
If you truly are someone new to lifting, then don’t worry about changing that up right now. That means if you are new, with your current split like that (with what I assume would leave you only training 3 days a week…otherwise I don’t understand your approach) then train traps with back.
I train traps with shoulders (or at least I usually do). They respond well for me and it gives me a break in between training front delts and lateral delts. My back training is filled enough as it is without me adding body parts. As far as your concern about overlap, your traps shouldn’t be coming into play that much during other shoulder movements, and while it does come into play during some back movements, your traps are designed to take more stress than other body parts.