3. Dumbbell front raise
The dumbbell front raise is an important weight lifting exercise that’s ideal if you are new to weight training. This exercise can be used in an upper body workout for developing shoulder strength.
What muscles does the dumbbell front raise work?
This exercise primarily targets the anterior deltoid, the front of the shoulders.
The lateral deltoid and the serratus anterior are also worked, as well as the lower and upper trapezius, the biceps and the clavicular part of the pectoralis major.
Benefits of the dumbbell front raise
1. The dumbbell front raise helps build strong and defined shoulders
This exercise will help in building strength and defining in the sides and front of the shoulder.
2. The dumbbell front raise can help with recovery from injury
This exercise can also be used as physical therapy for helping to recover from a shoulder injury.
Instructions for the dumbbell front raise
1. Standing with the feet shoulder width distance apart, maintain a straight back with the dumbbells hanging down.
2. With the palms facing back, place the dumbbells horizontally in front of the thighs.
3. While inhaling and engaging the core muscles, lift the dumbbells upward with the arms out in front and the elbows slightly bent and palms facing down. Pause while the shoulder muscles contract when the arms are horizontal to the floor.
4. While exhaling, return the weights to the start with a controlled and slow motion.
5. Repeat the sequence for the desired amount of repetitions.
This exercise can be done with 2 to 3 sets of 8 to 12 repetitions, meaning that the above steps need to be repeated for 8 to 12 times with 1 -2 minute break before repeating the set another 2 or 3 times. Start with lighter weights and gradually increase the weight as you develop strength.