How to do a Dumbbell Front Raise

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About Dumbbell Front Raise

Sets Logged
5,448,444
Popularity Rank
16th
Difficulty
Beginner
Shoulders Strength
100 mSCORE 2nd
Equipment Required
Primary Muscles
Secondary Muscles
None

Instructions: How To

Dumbbell Front Raise is an isolation exercise that primarily targets the shoulders, more specifically the anterior deltoid (front of the shoulder). This is a very common shoulder exercise, and can work well to isolate the shoulders to build strength and muscle mass. By using dumbbells, you can help identify and address any strength imbalances between sides.

  1. In an upright standing position, grab a pair of dumbbells with your palms facing inward at waist height.
  2. Keep your arms extended and your elbows slightly flexed throughout the exercise.
  3. Flex your shoulder to raise your arms up to just above shoulder height before lowering back down to the starting position.
  4. Your back should remain neutral the entire time without any arching of the lower back or excessive movement in the torso.
  5. Repeat with the left side.

Common Mistakes

  • Swinging the Dumbbells

    Using momentum, or recruiting additional muscle groups can help you lift heavier weights with this exercise. However it also reduces the effectiveness, and increases the risk of injury. Keep your weights on the lighter side, and focus on controlling the weight. If you’re struggling, consider using a seated variation. This can help you prevent swinging the dumbbells or adding additional movements to this exercise.

  • Limit Range of Motion

    Raising the weight too high can increase your risk of injury, and isn’t particularly beneficial for these exercises. Limit your range of motion to around shoulder height. If you’re looking to make the exercise more challenging consider pausing for a moment at the top of the movement.

Sets & Reps: How many to do

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  • beginner
    8
    reps
    7.5
    lbs
    1 Rep Max
    10
    lbs
  • intermediate
    8
    reps
    10
    lbs
    12.5
    lbs
  • advanced
    8
    reps
    10
    lbs
    12.5
    lbs

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