Car driver

The car driver is a variation of the plate front raise exercise where the lifter holds a weight plate in front of them and twists it from side to side, similar to a steering wheel. It targets the muscles of the shoulders, the front or anterior deltoids in particular, but is also challenging to the core and upper-back muscles. It can provide variety in a shoulder-focused muscle-building workout or as part of an upper-body or full-body circuit.


  1. Intense shoulder burn, focusing primarily on the front or anterior deltoids
  2. Neutral grip on plate may be more shoulder-friendly than using a straight bar or dumbbells
  3. Stabilization challenge to the core and upper back

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Car driver Instructions

Car driver muscle diagram
  1. While standing upright, hold a barbell plate in both hands at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions. Your palms should be facing each other and your arms should be extended straight out in front of you. This will be your starting position.
  2. Initiate the movement by rotating the plate as far to one side as possible. Use the same type of movement you would use to turn a steering wheel to one side.
  3. Reverse the motion, turning it all the way to the opposite side.
  4. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.