- Target muscle: Lateral Deltoid
- Synergists: Anterior Deltoid, Supraspinatus, Middle and Lower Trapezius, Serratus Anterior
- Mechanics: Isolation
- Force: Pull
Note: The procedure described below is different from the illustration and adheres to the procedure explained in the video.
- Stand holding a dumbbell in each hand, with the dumbbells hanging down by your sides.
- Bend forward a little at the hips.
- Eternally rotate your shoulders so that your thumbs point out diagonally.
- Keeping your elbows slightly bent, exhale as you raise both upper arms out to the sides until your elbows are level with your shoulders.
- Hold for a count of two.
- Inhale as you lower the dumbbells to the starting position.
- Repeat for the recommended number of repetitions.
Comments and tips
- Keep a natural curvature of the spine.
- Keep your body still; only your arms should move.
- Do not swing the dumbbells or let them drop down by your sides.
- Use the dumbbell lateral raise to strengthen and build your anterior and lateral deltoids, which will give you broad shoulders.
- Perform the dumbbell lateral raise one arm at a time to get more stabilizer muscles in your core involved and help you to develop unilateral upper-body strength.
- See also the leaning dumbbell lateral raise, seated dumbbell lateral raise, and the kettlebell lateral raise.