Lateral Raise exercise is a great exercise to isolate the lateral head of the shoulders. It also works the traps and upper back muscles.

You can use light weights to warm up your shoulders before doing heavy presses then use moderately heavy weights toward the end of your workout.

This is a good exercise to build stability in the shoulder area.

Lateral Raises Exercise How To

  • Place a pair of dumbbells alongside your outer thighs. Assume a shoulder width stance; keep a flat back and your core tight throughout the exercise.
  • Raise the dumbbells to the side until your arms are at shoulder level. Keep your arms perfectly straight with your palms facing the floor.
  • Resist the weight as you bring the dumbbells back to the starting position.
  • Repeat the exercise until you have completed the targeted number of reps.

Form and Technique

When raising the dumbbells, use only the strength of your shoulders particularly the lateral head.

Do not use momentum by bending at the hip and pulling the dumbbells up to shoulder level.

This is why it is best to start Lateral Raises with the dumbbells on the side of your thighs.

Because your arms are in a perfectly straight position throughout the exercise, it is best to use light weights to reduce elbow strain.

VariationsCable Lateral Raise

Routine for Strength: 3 sets x 12-15 reps

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

Lateral Shoulder Raise

How To Do Lateral Shoulder Raises