Sunday, 10 August 2008

Dumbbell Front Raise

The dumbbell front raise exercise works the anterior deltoid muscle of the shoulder, this is the muscle at the front of the shoulder.

The dumbbell front raise only works the anterior deltoid muscle which is arguably the strongest of all the deltoid muscles, this means that a lifter can normally lift more weight with this exercise than any other isolated deltoid exercise. When lifting it is important to keep strict form so you are putting the emphasis on the anterior deltoid muscle otherwise there is no real benefit to the exercise.

To really get larger shoulders this is a great exercise to add to your workout.

Dumbbell Front Raise

Equipment - Dumbbells of desired weight

Preparation - Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and an overhand grip on the dumbbells while holding them by your side.

Movement - Bring each dumbbell up in front of your body individually to eye level height, anything higher than eye level means you are utilising the traps not just the anterior deltoids. Make sure you have a slight bend at the elbow so there is no stress on the elbow joints.

Making sure that the dumbbells are lifted no higher than eye level height return back to your starting position before repeating. When carrying out the movement the rest of your body should stay still so it is only the anterior deltoids lifting the weight.

Reps/Sets 8 to 12 reps for 4 sets

Dumbbell Front Raise