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Standing lateral raises

Standing Lateral Raises

This is the best exercise for your deltoids. It works mostly the medial head. I usually prescribe routines based around the medial and rear deltoids. The anterior head is involved when we work our chest so, I prefer to let it rest. Obviously, every client is different.

Stand holding your dumbbells at your sides, not in front of your body; elbows relaxed, palms facing your body.

Exhale and slowly raise your elbows up and out to your sides. Your elbows and upper arms should rise together and lead the movement ahead of the forearms and dumbbells. Pause at the top and descend slowly.

Inhale, back to the starting position and repeat.


12 thoughts on “Standing lateral raises

  1. Yeah I do this sometimes with book in each hand.

    1. That´s great!!
      A dream for busy students :)
      Do you need a break? Close your books and lift them :)
      Big hug, David

  2. I like to do these with slightly bent elbows to prevent joint wear and angle my wrists approximately 45 degrees to reduce forearm strain. I do multiple sets with different ranges of motion to create fatigue without inducing injury. Lateral raises are a great standard shoulder exercise.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment.
      I think that´s great for intermediate level users. Maybe it´s only my experience but a beginner is more focus on the dumbbells than the elbows and they lift before the dumbbells :) With their elbows bent they raise a lot the forearms and hands instead.
      Definetively, I must write a post about levels of experience. Thank you for your inspiring comment and keep lifting!!!
      Big hug, David

      1. You can be entirely right. I have been lifting for 38 years and am quite focused while lifting. Just wanted to mention the bent elbow for safety reasons. As a physician, I treated many cases of tendonitis and olecranon bursitis resulting from weight lifter’s sacrificing form while lifting. Beginners have a tendency to force the repetition rather than maintaining proper form.
        Regardless, your information is excellent and I look forward to reading future posts.

      2. Congrats for your dedication!
        I´m sure you treated a lot of injuries for sacrificing form.
        I love your advice and clarification.
        I will post that post about experience as soon as possible and will edit the exercise posts according to it. The sooner, the better :)
        Just one of my tips, if you consider this exercise (with extended elbows) only for beginners: If you need to bend your elbows is too much weight for you!
        Do you approve my tip?
        Thank you so much for your helpful comments!!

      3. Sounds great.

      4. Thank you :)

  3. My delts are a weak link for me lol I’ve been doing these more to help. Great exercise!

    1. Thank you, dear!
      Nobody is perfect ;)
      Give it some more time :D

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