Single-arm cable front raise

The single-arm cable front raise is an isolation exercise targeting the anterior and medial deltoids or shoulder muscles. The single-arm version of this movement allows you to focus on each side independently. Because grip will be a limitation, it is usually performed for moderate to high reps, at least 8-12 reps per set, as part of an upper-body or shoulder-focused workout.


  1. Strengthens and develops the anterior deltoids
  2. Using a cable makes it harder to use momentum
  3. The cable keeps constant tension on the muscles

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Single-arm cable front raise Instructions

Single-arm cable front raise muscle diagram
  1. Select the weight on a low pulley machine and grasp the single hand cable attachment that is attached to the low pulley with your left hand.
  2. Face away from the pulley and put your arm straight down with the hand cable attachment in front of your thighs at arms' length with the palms of the hand facing your thighs. This will be your starting position.
  3. While maintaining the torso stationary (no swinging), lift the left arm to the front with a slight bend on the elbow and the palms of the hand always faces down. Continue to go up until you arm is slightly above parallel to the floor. Exhale as you execute this portion of the movement and pause for a second at the top.
  4. Now as you inhale lower the arm back down slowly to the starting position.
  5. Once all of the recommended amount of repetitions have been performed for this arm, switch arms and perform the exercise with the right one.

Variations: This exercise can be performed also with dumbbells or an exercise band.