Incline Lateral Raise Exercise

Incline Lateral Raise is an effective exercise for isolating the lateral head of the shoulder.

The lateral head gives your shoulder that rounded look. Performing Incline Lateral Raise in perfect form and technique can help develop the lateral head of your shoulder.

Use only light weights when doing Incline Lateral Raise.

This exercise will also improve stability and mobility in your shoulder which is needed in swimming, tennis, baseball and basketball.

If you are coming from injury or surgery this is a good exercise to get activity back into your shoulders.

Incline Lateral Raise How To

  • Set up an incline bench to a 45 degree angle. Lie on the incline bench with one side of your body firmly pressed against the pad. Keep your legs together and stable.
  • Position a light dumbbell against the side of your body. Raise the dumbbell up to shoulder level. Keep your arm perfectly straight throughout the exercise.
  • Resist the weight when bringing the dumbbell back to starting position.
  • Repeat the exercise until you have completed the targeted number of reps.

Form and Technique

When raising the dumbbell, do not go above shoulder level. This removes tension on the lateral head.

Keep your body braced against the pad of the incline bench. Your body should not move or rise above the pad at anytime during the exercise.

Variations: Lying Lateral Raise, Lateral Raises, Cable Lateral Raise

Routine for Strength: 3 sets x 12-15 reps

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

Incline Lateral Raise

How To Do Incline Lateral Raise