Dumbbell Lateral Raise

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Dumbbell Lateral Raise

Exercise Description

Main Target Muscles

Shoulders

Secondary Target Muscles

None

Workout Type

Strength

Gym Gear

Dumbbell

Fitness Level

Beginner

Compound/Isolated 

Isolation

Power Move 

Pull

Target Muscle: Shoulders 

Lateral Raise Overview

A lateral raise workout is a great way to strengthen the middle deltoid muscle, which is responsible for raising the arm out to your sides. This exercise can also help to improve posture and prevent shoulder injuries. Lateral raises are typically performed with lighter weights and higher repetitions than other shoulder exercises such as overhead presses, making it ideal for beginners or those looking for a more moderate workout.

    How to Do It

    1. Pick a pair of dumbbells and stand slightly bent forward. Hold the dumbbells at your sides but slightly off your body. This will help your body attain the popular “V” shape. 
    2. Keeping your palms facing your sides, hold the dumbbells slightly drifted from your body. Now you are standing at the starting position. 
    3. Now slowly raise the dumbbells to the height of your shoulders. Make sure your wrist doesn’t go above your elbows. 
    4. Pause for a moment when you reach the top of the movement, then lower them back to the starting position. 
    5. Repeat for the desired number of reps.

    Lateral Raise Tips

    1. When performing this exercise, your focus should not be on lifting heavy weights. Instead, you must emphasize on  muscle stretching and contraction to work on the chest muscle in isolation.
    2. Ensure your rep timing is slow and controlled for utmost focus on the movement. 
    3. Your elbows should be above your wrists. Keep your wrists tilted to ensure that.
    4. Your dumbbells should not touch your body.

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