Making trap gains!! The trapezius muscle is a postural and active movement muscle, used to tilt and turn the head and neck, shrug, steady the shoulders, and twist the arms. The trapezius elevates, depresses, rotates, and retracts the scapula, or shoulder blade. AND makes you look like a bad ass! Towering Traps Exercise - 1: The Shrug. You can perform this using a straight Olympic bar, dumbbells, the diamond/hex/trap bar, or even cables.
Exercise 2: Single-Arm Dumbbell Upright Row.
Exercise 3: Low-Cable Face Pull.