Dumbbell Lateral Raise

The dumbbell lateral raise is an isolated exercise for your side shoulder muscles.


How to perform the dumbbell lateral raise

  1. Holding dumbbells, stand slightly bent at the hips. Your knees should also be slightly bent. Your back should be straight, and your arms hanging down, elbows slightly bent.
  2. Keeping your arms locked, slowly raise the dumbbells out to the sides until elbows are level with your shoulders.
  3. Slowly return to the starting position.
  4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 until you've repeated the desired number of reps
Number of Reps For building muscle size: 3 sets of between 6 - 8 reps. For muscle tone: 3 sets of between 12 - 15 reps.


Muscles Used

Primary Muscles
  • Deltoid, Lateral (Side Delts)
Secondary Muscles

  • Deltoid, Anterior (Front Delts)
  • Supraspinatus (Rotary Cuff)
  • Trapezius, Middle (Upper Traps)
  • Trapezius, Lower (Lower Traps)
  • Serratus Anterior, Inferior Digitations

Stabilizer Muscles
  • Trapezius, Upper (Upper Traps)
  • Levator Scapulae (Rear Neck)
  • Wrist Extensors (Forearm)