Lateral Raise

How to Lateral Raise: Top 5 Tips

The Lateral Raise is used as a great exercise to increase the strength and size through your shoulders. Specifically hitting the lateral parts of the Deltoid and Trapezius.

Purpose of the movement:

The Lateral Raise is an isolation exercise specifically targeting the Deltoids and Trapezius.

Muscles involved:

The primary muscles involved for this movement:

  • Deltoid
  • Trapezius

    Equipment needed:

    To perform the Lateral Raise exercise the equipment you will need:

    • Dumbbells
    • can also be performed with a cable machine, weight plate or kettle bell

    Step by Step guide:

    Follow our step by step guide to master the Lateral Raise:

    1. Holding the dumbbells to the side of the body at waist height, palms facing towards the body
    2. Lift the weight straight out to the side of the body, keeping the palms facing down and a slight bend in the elbow
    3. Lift until arms are parallel to the floor
    4. Pause briefly at the top position
    5. Control the weight back to the starting position

    Top 5 Tips:

    1. Avoid swinging as you get fatigued
    2. Keep palms facing down, and maintain the slight elbow bend.
    3. Pause briefly at the top
    4. Breathe out when weight is going up, and then out on way down
    5. For an extra burn, try and lower the weight down as slow as possible


    During your next shoulder workout, try adding in the Lateral Raise. Essential to have in your program if you are looking to grow your shoulders.

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