Front Plate Raise

The plate front raise is a variation of the dumbbell front raise where the lifter holds a weight plate between two hands, rather than using a dumbbell, barbell, or other weight. 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. More difficult than a standard dumbbell front raise, allowing greater challenge with less weight

Front Plate Raise Images


Front Plate Raise Instructions

Front Plate Raise muscle diagram
  1. While standing straight, 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 and locked with a slight bend at the elbows and the plate should be down near your waist in front of you as far as you can go. Tip: The arms will remain in this position throughout the exercise. This will be your starting position.
  2. Slowly raise the plate as you exhale until it is a little above shoulder level. Hold the contraction for a second. Tip: make sure that you do not swing the weight or bend at the elbows. Your torso should remain stationary throughout the movement as well.
  3. As you inhale, slowly lower the plate back down to the starting position.
  4. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Variations: You can use dumbbells, barbells, cables or exercise bands to perform this movement.