Barbell Front Raise exercise is a great exercise for targeting the front heads of the shoulders.

It will also work the lateral and rear heads of the shoulders and upper back.

Barbell Front Raises will also build strength and stability in your shoulders.

You can include Barbell Front Raise as a secondary exercise after heavy shoulder pressing or as a finisher in a shoulder or chest workout.

Barbell Front Raises Exercise How To

  • Take a shoulder width overhand grip on a barbell. Bring the barbell to the front of your thighs. Assume a shoulder width stance.
  • Tighten your core, take a deep breath then exhale. Contract the front heads of your shoulders and with both arms straight raise the barbell up to shoulder level.
  • Bring the bar back to the starting position by resisting the weight.
  • Repeat the exercise until you have completed the targeted number of reps.

Form and Technique

Barbell Front Raise is best performed by keeping the arms perfectly straight. This way most of the work will be done by the front heads of the shoulders.

Raise the weight only up to shoulder level. Any higher than shoulder level and it will transfer the tension to the traps and upper back.

Do not bend at the hips or sway to use momentum to raise the weight.  If you are using momentum it only means the weight is too heavy for you.

Variations: Plate Front Raise, Cable Front Raise, Dumbbell Front Raise

Routine for Strength: 3 sets x 12-15 reps

Routine for Muscle Gains: 4-5 sets x 6-8 reps

Barbell Front Raises

How To Do Barbell Front Raises