How To Do Front Raises

Front Raises Exercise

Front Raises is an effective exercise that isolates the front head of the shoulder.

Secondary emphasis will be on the traps, lateral and rear shoulders and the upper back.

Front Raises requires strict form and technique to get results. Thus it is advisable to use only light weights.

Front Raises can be used as a finisher in a shoulder or chest workout.

Front Raises How To

  • Grab a pair of light dumbbells and place them on your sides. Assume a shoulder width stance, keep your chest out and slightly push your hips out to maintain an arch in your lower back.
  • Tighten your core and raise one dumbbell by flexing and moving your entire shoulder complex as if you are reaching toward a wall in front of you. Keep a slight bend in your elbow and bring the dumbbell up to chin level.
  • Bring the dumbbell back to starting position by resisting the weight. Once the dumbbell is firmly on the side, raise the other dumbbell using the same form and technique.
  • Repeat the exercise until you have completed the targeted number of reps.

Form and Technique

When doing Front Raises, lift the dumbbell by using only the strength of your shoulder complex.

Do not use momentum by dipping low or pulling the dumbbell back in the starting position.

You can do the Front Raises from a seated position to remove any compression forces on your lower back.

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

Front Raises