Dumbbell Lateral Raise

The Lateral Raise is performed in a standing position and is a good exercise to improve Muscular Strength when performing this exercise you should aim for 2-5 sets of 6-8 repetitions with a weight of 70-80% of your maximum weight.

Body Part and Muscle Group
The Lateral Raise works the shoulders with particular focus on the Deltoid muscle.

Joint Actions
The movement to perform the Lateral Raise involves Shoulder Abduction.


  • Using a neutral grip (inverted) pick the dumbbells up from the floor using the get set position.
  • Keeping your back straight, hold the dumbbells in front of your hips.
  • Maintain a slight bend in your elbows, raise the dumbbells up and out to the sides.
  • Stop at shoulder height.
  • At the top, your hands should be flat with your palms turned towards the floor.

Progression: Add more weight, increase your reps, increase your sets or slow the exercise down.

Alternative: Cable Machine.

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