Hi, I'm Alfonso "the Angry Trainer" Moretti, and today we're going to talk about weight training exercises for the trapezius. The trapezius muscle starts at the base of the skull and it's triangular shape runs down the center of your back. Not only does it help to elevate your shoulders up but it also helps to retract them back and also bring them down. So we train the trapezius muscle so that we can enhance our shoulder stability and because it also helps contribute to correct posture. The first exercise I'm going to show you to train the traps is really the most basic of them all and it's really the shrug. You're just going to squat down. I'm going to use two kettlebells. You can use two dumbbells. You can use a barbell, you can use sandbags. You're going to stand feet shoulder width apart, let your arms hang. Without bending your elbows, simply shrug your shoulders up and then drop them back down again. A simple, simple shrug, let them hang straight down, try to avoid bending the arms. dead hang arms and shrug up and come back down again. The second exercise I'm going to show you to train the traps is actually a deadlift. So we're going to bend down, we're going to pick up our weights, we're going to stand, feet are shoulder width apart, lean over at the waist, bend and squat, as you come up, squeeze your hips, shoulder blades are back, pull your shoulders back and squeeze. So I have to stabilize this weight with my traps so they are indirectly getting a lot of exercise. As the weights get heavier, the more your traps are going to have to work.