Dumbell Anterior Raises (Shoulder Exercise)


This is a great exercise that works the front of your deltoid (shoulder) and creates functional strength. There is no special equipment involved so anyone can do it. All you need is a pair of dumbbells and an open area (If you don’t have dumbbells, you can use soup cans to start out with). Start with a light weight and work your way up as you gain strength.Often my clients say that this exercise feels “easy” in the beginning. Don’t let it fool you! It will get harder the more reps you do.

1. Start by standing with your  feet together, core engaged and shoulders back. Weights should be in your hands with your palms resting against  your thighs.

2. Raise your arms in front of you to  shoulder height, palms facing the ground.

3. Slowly lower your arms back down to starting position and repeat for a total of 12-15 reps, do 2-3  sets.

*You should be using a light  enough weight that 12-15 reps is manageable for at least 2 sets. If your muscles are hitting failure before you get to at least twelve reps, your weight is too heavy.

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