This look takes years of hard work to build and achieve. This new exercise that I developed through trial and error will help cap those delts and beef up those traps. It's a hybrid of the front raise and the upright row.
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I call it the Scarecrow.
Once we hit heavy presses, shrugs, and lateral raises, there isn't much left. This movement allows you to not only engage your traps with a closer-grip upright row, but also mimics a front raise. It engages the anterior (front) deltoid and also has some engagement of the medial (caps/middle) deltoid and the posterior (rear) deltoid.
In essence, it hits the whole darn area!
MTS Nutrition CEO Marc Lobliner explains the scarecrow shoulder exercise.
How to Perform the Scarecrow Shoulder Exercise
- Choose a weight you can upright row easily.
- Grab a curl bar or straight bar with hands about shoulder width apart.
- Wrap your Versa Gripps around it and hold with fingertips only. You don't NEED Versa Gripps, but they are HIGHLY recommended and will help you in all other lifts requiring grip strength.
- Stand upright with your hands at your waist fully extended.
- Raise the bar with controlled form. As you raise, keep the bar in your fingertips keeping wrists bent with fingers pointing toward the ground. Raise bar until at forehead level, away from your body and with a slight, constant bend in the elbows.
- Slowly lower.
Try the Scarecrow and let us know how you like it in the comment section below!