Dumbbell front raise

The dumbbell front raise is a single-joint exercise targeting the shoulder muscles, particularly the front or anterior deltoids. 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 front (anterior) deltoids
  2. Great burnout movement on shoulder day
  3. Can be performed seated, standing, alternating arms, or one arm at a time

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Dumbbell front raise Instructions

Dumbbell front raise muscle diagram
  1. Pick a couple of dumbbells and stand with a straight torso and the dumbbells on front of your thighs at arms length with the palms of the hand facing your thighs. This will be your starting position.
  2. While maintaining the torso stationary (no swinging), lift the dumbbells to the front with a slight bend on the elbow and the palms of the hands always facing down. Continue to go up until you arms are slightly above parallel to the floor. Exhale as you execute this portion of the movement and pause for a second at the top.
  3. As you inhale, lower the dumbbells back down slowly to the starting position.
  4. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Variations: This exercise can also be performed by alternating hands, meaning doing one repetition with the right arm, and then one with the left, back to the right, etc. Also, you could use a barbell as well.