How To Do Lateral Raises [Exercise Guide with Photos]

Updated: Jan 31

The Lateral Raise Shoulder Exercise:

The lateral raise is a simple and effective exercise for the shoulders, this exercise will activate most of the deltoid muscle fibres.

Not only this, but the side lateral raise is a simple exercise to do, this means you won't need an advanced skillset or any special equipment.

The only equipment you need access to is a pair of dumbbells, or if you wish to use cables then a cable machine will be needed.


You can even use weighted plates or resistance bands if you wish.

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(Dumbbell) Lateral Raise Exercise Instructions:

Target Muscle: Shoulders

Exercise Type: Strength


These instructions below are specifically designed for the dumbbell lateral raise, however the same exercise process applies even with the cable machine variant or resistance bands.

  1. To begin, pick up a pair of dumbbells in each hand and stand up-right with your body straight and the dumbbells at your side. This will be your starting position.

  2. While keeping your body in a stationary up-right position, lift the dumbbells up to your side.

  3. Continue to lift there dumbbells up until you arms are parallel with the floor.

  4. When your arms are parallel with the floor, pause for 1-2 seconds at the top.

  5. Lower the dumbbells back down slowly to the starting position.

  6. Repeat this for your desired amount of repetitions.


Additional Variations: You can do this same exercise using weighted plates, a cable machine or you can use resistance bands, click here for our recommended resistance bands (Amazon). This exercise can also be done in a seated position.

Photo Credit: www.bodybuilding.com


Caution: Be sure to not use too much weight as this leads to bad form and a possibility of injury.


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