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Lateral Raise (Dumbbell)

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How to do a Lateral Raise (Dumbbell)

  1. Grab a pair of dumbbells that are light enough for you to do at least twelve repetitions per set.
  2. Stand tall with the dumbbells to your sides and palms facing in.
  3. Bring your shoulders back, direct your gaze forward, and take a breath. Make sure that both of your arms are straight.
  4. Raise both dumbbells to your sides by engaging your delts and lift them to the point where your arms are parallel to the floor. Don’t bend your elbow at any point during the lift.
  5. Hold the top position for a second as you exhale, and slowly lower both of your arms to the starting position.
  6. It’s essential to perform each repetition with a smooth form and without the use of momentum.


The lateral raise is a simple exercise, but there are many ways to do it. You can use a cable machine, a band, a kettlebell, and more. You can also do it by leaning to the side. It’s good to experiment and see which variation works best for you. Then, work on mastering your technique.

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