Lateral Raise

This is an excellent exercise to develop the shoulders, but it can be risky for anyone with a previous history of shoulder problems or rotator cuff injury. Light dumbbells should be used during this exercise.

  1. Stand with good posture, holding one dumbbell in each hand, arms at side of body.
  2. Keeping elbows slightly bent, palms facing in towards body, lift dumbbells up to shoulder height, no higher.
  3. Keep wrists straight throughout movement and do not lock elbows.

TipExercise can also be performed with thumbs pointing up as you lift, this may reduce the risk of shoulder injury slightly. See below.

Lateral Raise with Dumbbells

Lateral Raise

Step 1

Lateral Raise

Steps 2 – 3

Variations:

A lateral raise can be stressful for the shoulder, and light weight should always be used initially. A safer variation is lifting dumbbells with thumbs turned up towards ceiling, rather than thumbs turned forward.

Lateral Raise with Dumbbells – Thumbs Up

Lateral Raise with Dumbbells - Thumbs Up

Instead of raising to this position

Lateral Raise with Dumbbells - Thumbs Up

Raise dumbbells with thumbs up

A lateral raise can also be performed with elastic tubing. Anchor the tubing well under your foot, as injury can occur if tubing is not secured properly. Use a very light weight tube for this variation, as this is stressful on shoulders. Contraindicated for those with a history of shoulder or rotator cuff problems.

Lateral Raise with Elastic Tubing

Lateral Raise with Elastic Tubing

Step 1

Lateral Raise with Elastic Tubing

Steps 2 – 3

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