Cable front raise exercise

Cable front raise

Exercise details

  • Target muscle: Anterior Deltoid
  • Synergists: Lateral Deltoid, Clavicular (Upper) Pectoralis Major, Serratus Anterior, Middle and Lower Trapezius
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Force: Push

Starting position

  1. Attach a straight bar to a low cable pulley.
  2. Stand with your back close to the cable machine.
  3. Grasp the bar from between your legs using an overhand shoulder-width grip and stand up straight. The cable should be pulled taut between your legs.


  • Keeping your elbows slightly bent,  exhale as you raise the bar in a semicircular motion in front of you until your arms move a little passed horizontal.
  • Hold for a count of two.
  • Slowly reverse the motion and lower the bar to the starting position.
  • Repeat for the prescribed number of repetitions.

Comments and tips

  • Keep your back straight and your head up.
  • Keep your body still. Only your arms should move.
  • While performing the cable front raise, if you feel any pain in your shoulder capsule, you are probably raising the bar too high. If you continue to feel pain despite reducing the height to which you raise the bar, please stop using the exercise.
  • You can also perform the cable front raise using a rope attachment or a single stirrup, one arm at a time.
  • See also the double cable front raise.
  • Try the front raise using other gym equipment, such as the band front raise, the barbell front raise, the seated dumbbell front raise, and the plate front raise.

Cable front raise video


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