The prime movers in dumbbell lateral raises are your shoulders, or the deltoids. The shoulder muscles have three heads: anterior, medial and posterior. The anterior and medial head of the deltoid rest along the front and sides of your shoulders and are activated when you raise your arms.
- The dumbbell lateral raise is performed from a standing or seated position.
- Hold a dumbbell in each hand with your arms straight at your sides.
- Turn palms to face your body. If standing, position your feet hip-distance apart. If
seated, keep your back straight and your feet flat on the floor.
- Contract your stomach by pulling your navel toward your spine to provide core
- Keep a slight bend in your elbow as you exhale and raise the dumbbells out to the sides.
- Lift until your arms are parallel with the floor.
- Inhale and slowly return to the starting position.