dumbbell front raise

Dumbbell Front Raises

dumbbell front raiseThe dumbbell front raise is a good exercise for the shoulders, and surprisingly. the low back. It can target both the front and/or side delt depending on how the wrist is rotated.


It’s easy and effective at targeting the shoulder muscles. It’s also a good exercise for strengthening the lower back because those muscles are used to maintain a neutral spine during this exercise. If you don’t believe me, try it when your back hurts and you’ll know what I mean.


Body Parts Used

If your palms are facing down as in the picture, you are using both the front and middle deltoids. If you rotate your palms to the thumbs up position, you will work mostly the front delt.

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  • Stand with knees slightly bent for cushion of the spine.
  • Hold dumbbells down at your sides with palms facing you. Your elbows should be locked at a slightly bent position.
  • inhale as you raise the weights forward and up toward shoulder height.
  • Inhale as you return to the starting position.
  • Discontinue if there is any discomfort in your shoulder joint.

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Note: One exercise alone is not sufficient for any goal. All exercises should be part of a comprehensive exercise program. Also, see my list of exercises for more.

Mike Caton