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[–] koalling 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

47 yrs old man here. The days of covering my ears while shrugging are long gone. But this "no point unless full range of motion" is nonsense. Muscles grow due to a vareity of factors like intensity, volume, time under tensio etc. Its true that youll get the best result using full range of motion, but if you are unable to do that, you will still get great results from shrugs. Besides, people are built differently and blanket statements like "your shoulders should cover your ears" are silly.

DISCLAIMER: I am neither a medical proffesional or a trainer, just a guy who also works out. This is my opinion, not facts. Educate yourself, read, watch youtube videos and compare to your own situation. Only you can decide what is the best for you.

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[–] TheWorstImaginable [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I've never been able to, and I have something called hyper mobility. I'm super flexible. I'm not worried, I just wanted to figure out a baseline of what's normal. maybe these people are confusing shrugs with arm raises for shoulders? oh well.

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[–] DietSodaLuvr 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Do power shrugs. Your traps will grow even if the ROM isn't the greatest because you'll be really overloading due to the leg drive. If you don't enjoy those do farmer's walks or rack pulls above the knee.

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[–] TheWorstImaginable [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I think my range is actually really good, my shoulders just wouldn't cover my ears unless my shoulders were basketball sized. I've been doing extreme grip strength work so that includes farmer walks and kroc tranny rows and low range shrugs.