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