So you have heard about the lateral raise and how effective they are at building the lateral and posterior deltoid (middle and rear delt). But you are not quite sure how to lateral raise with proper form well you have come to the right place we are going to show you how to perform this exercise the right way.
This exercise can be used to tone your middle and rear delt giving you a sleek and strong look by doing light weight and high reps.
Or you can build some massive middle and rear delts giving you a wider frame by doing 4 sets of 8-10 reps using heavy weight.
Target Muscle – Lateral Deltoid (middle delt) Posterior deltoid (rear delt)
Experience level – Beginner
Equipment Needed – Dumbbells
Type of Exercise – Pull
Like always before starting a workout you should always warm up arm circles forwards and backward are a good way to warm up your shoulders.
All you need to do to perform arm circles is put your arms straight out and make circles forward for a minute or two then backward for a minute or two.
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Scott says that there are two ways to do this exercise. You can either start with the dumbbells in front of you close together or out to your side. It doesn’t matter which way you start as long as your shoulder blades are back and pinched together.
Keep your arms straight and breath out on your way up bring the dumbbells up to about the level just above your neck where your chin is. Come down slowly and then back up.
How To Lateral Raise Tips
I would like to add that you don’t want to use a weight that is too heavy because then you start to develop bad habits like bouncing to get the weight up. When you are doing the lateral raise you want to use your shoulders not your legs or back.
If you are wanting to build mass I learned a little trick. What you want to do is find a rack or wall (something sturdy) to hold onto with one hand to stabilize yourself, and do the lateral raise with the other arm you will find out that you can lift more weight this way.
There you have it now you know how to lateral raise and you also know a tip that can help you lift more weight.
As always don’t forget to do a cooldown and stretch after your workout this is very important it will help with your soreness the next day.
We all know that one exercise is not going to give you those great shoulders that you have always wanted. If you would like to see a complete dumbbell shoulder workout click here
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Best of luck in reaching your fitness goals