Overhead dumbbell front raise

The overhead dumbbell front raise takes the dumbbell front raise one step further, extending the motion all the way above the head. In addition to the shoulders, it activates and strengthens the muscles of the traps and upper back. It is usually performed for moderate to high reps, such as 8-15 reps or more. It can be part of a dynamic upper-body warm-up, performed as a muscle-building upper-body movement, or as a burnout movement on shoulder day.


  1. Strengthens and develops the front (anterior) deltoids, traps, and upper back
  2. Encourages overhead shoulder mobility
  3. Great high-rep burnout with light weight
  4. Can also be performed with a weight plate or cable rope handle

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Overhead dumbbell front raise Instructions

Overhead dumbbell front raise muscle diagram
  1. Hold the dumbbells in front of your thighs, palms facing your thighs.
  2. Keep your arms straight with a slight bend at the elbows but keep them locked. This will be your starting position.
  3. Raise the dumbbells in a semicircular motion to arm's length overhead as you exhale.
  4. Slowly return to the starting position using the same path as you inhale.
  5. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Variation: You can perform this exercise with a barbell or by alternating dumbbells.