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Dumbbell Raise

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Type: Strength
Main Muscle Worked: Shoulders
Other Muscles: Biceps
Equipment: Dumbbell
Mechanics Type: Compound
Level: Beginner
Sport: No
Force: Pull
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Dumbbell Raise Guide

Main Muscle: Shoulders

  1. Grab a dumbbell in each arm and stand up straight with your arms extended by your sides with a slight bend at the elbows and your back straight. This will be your starting position. Tip: The dumbbell should be next to your thighs with the palm of your hands facing back.
  2. Use your side shoulders to lift the dumbbells as you exhale. The dumbbells should be to the side of the body as you move them up. Continue to lift it until the dumbbells are nearly in line with your chin. Tip: Your elbows should drive the motion. As you lift the dumbbell, your elbow should always be higher than your forearm. Also, keep your torso stationary and pause for a second at the top of the movement.
  3. Lower the dumbbells back down slowly to the starting position. Inhale as you perform this portion of the movement.
  4. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Caution: Be very careful with how much weight you use in this exercise. Too much weight leads to bad form, which in turn can cause shoulder injury. I've seen this too many times so please no jerking, swinging and cheating. Also, if you suffer from shoulder problems, you may want to stay away from this movement and substitute by some form of lateral raises.

Variations: This exercise can also be performed using a straight bar attached to a low pulley and it can also be performed using an e-z bar, cables and exercise band.



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Nov 15, 2012 6:34 AM: really lets you concetrate on the rear deltoid and feel the muscle working



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Apr 8, 2012 3:57 PM: Great exercise.



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Nov 3, 2011 8:39 PM: I use this exercise last in my shoulder routine. Don't go heavy, you wont get the most out of the exercise. A good squeeze at the top of each rep and by last set you'll be spent.



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May 25, 2011 10:40 AM: Very good exercise especially if you're worried about lifting weights above your head (which is detrimental to your height)



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Nov 6, 2009 3:19 PM: I have been trying to bulk up my median and rear delts and have failed miserably. Lat raises, while giving me some small gains, just weren't cutting it. (And yes, I was doing them properly, with all the right angle and technique to target the proper muscles.) Then I discovered this exercise. Don't hold...+See More



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