Saturday, 2 August 2008

Lateral Raise Exercise

The lateral raise exercise works the lateral deltoid muscle of the shoulder, this is the muscle on the side of the shoulder.

The lateral raise does not require heavy weights when performed as the lateral deltoid muscles are not very big. In fact where most people go wrong when training the lateral deltoids is by lifting weight that is too heavy thus causing them to lose form and not complete the exercise properly, this means that the triceps and anterior deltoids are used instead.

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

Lateral 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 the dumbbells up away from the side of your body, making sure that the dumbbells are lifted no higher than shoulder height then 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 lateral deltoids lifting the weight.

Reps/Sets 8 to 12 reps for 4 sets

Lateral Raise Exercise