What Wikipedia Can Not Tell You About Shoulder Lateral Raises

This is The Stephane Andre and today I’m talking about how to do shoulder lateral raises. Last year I had a little pain in my left shoulder, it was a shoulder impingement.

Train shoulder is good to have a good posture. There are people who have a rounding of the upper back with shoulder enrollment forwards. It calls Kyphosis , it’s because usually, the muscles in the front of the shoulder are stronger than the back. In my case, I did some shoulders exercises in a bad form for long time.

Lateral raises works deltoid lateral (middle part) beams. Use lightweight with sets of 10-25 reps until it burns. Be careful because when you raise arms over the horizon, you work trapezius. There are several lateral raises exercise:

Lateral raises

shoulder exercise lateral raises

Standing with your legs little apart. Your back is straight, you arms along your body with a dumbbell in each hand:

  • Raise your arms to the horizontal with your elbows little flexed
  • Back to the start position

You can also do this exercises in a seated position.

Read more about this exercise.

Low pulley lateral raises

shoulder exercise low pulley lateral raises

Standing with the handle in your hand. Your arm along your body :

  • Inhale and raise your arm to the horizontal
  • Exhale at the end of the movement

Read more about this one.

Side-lying lateral raises

shoulder exercise side lying lateral raises

Lying on the side, on the floor or on a bench with a dumbbell in your hand in a pronated grip :

  • Inhale and raise your arm to the vertical
  • Exhale at the end of the movement

More details.

Machine

Shoulder exercise machine lateral raises

Sit on the machine and take the handles :

  • Inhale and raises your elbows to the horizontal
  • Exhale at the end of the movement

More info about it.

Lift lightweight

Several times I made the mistake of lift the heaviest I can to progress. The truth is that the shoulder is not a big muscle like chest, arms or legs. Every time I forget that shoulder is a joint, I can move my arms almost at 360 degrees. It maintains the humerus head on the scapula’s glenoid cavity with a complex musculo-tendinous pack.

Shoulders are fragile. For this reason, we need to focus more on the numbers of repetition than the weight to avoid injuries. I know, it’s a little hard because of the ego, but I’m sure you know someone with a shoulder’s injury and it is not cool.

I remember the first time I did dumbbell shoulder lateral raises, one person told me to did the movement with my thumb down. Another day, another person told me to did it with my thumb up. The thumb’s position is a special topic. The only thing I can tell you that everyone has a unique morphology. You need to find your optimal position and angle of work. Listen to your body.

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-Steph

Pec Deck Rear Deltoid Lateral

pec deck rear deltoid lateral

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and there is good stuff.

Sit on the machine with your torso on the backrest. With your arms outstretched takes the handles :

  • Inspire and spread your arms to straighten your shoulder blades at the end of movement.

  • Exhale

This exercise works your posterior deltoid, infraspinatus and teres minor muscle. And at the end of the movement when you shoulder blades are tightened, it works your shoulder blades, trapezius and rhomboids.

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-Steph

Upright Rows

upright rows

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and there is good stuff.

Standing with legs slightly apart. Your back straight with your abs contracted. Place a barball on your thinghs with a pronated grip and your hands are a little more apart than the width of your shoulders :

  • Inhale and pull the barbell along your body to your chin bay raising your elbows as high as possible.

  • Back to the starting position without shaking

  • Exhale at the end of the movement

This exercice mainly works all the deltoids, trapezius, biceps and forearms’s muscles and a little bit butt, sacrospinalis and abs.

it’s a complete basics movement to obtain a body like Hercules.

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-Steph

Barbell Front Raises

barbell front raises

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and there is good stuff.

Standing with legs slightly apart. Your back straight with your abs contracted. Place a barball on your thinghs with a pronated grip and you have arms outstrechted :

  • Inhale and raises the barbell until the level of your eyes

  • Back to the start position slowly by avoiding shaking

  • Exhale at the end of the movement

This exercice mainly works your anterior deltoids, your upper pectorals, infraspinatus and a little bit your trapezius, serratus anterior and your short head of your biceps.

If you raise higher up, your posterior deltoids also work to help raise your arms vertically.

This exercice can also be done at the low pulley. Put your back against the machine with the cable passing between your legs.

Note : Your brachial biceps works a little bit in alll anterior elevation of your arm.

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-Steph

One Dumbbell Front Raises

One Dumbbell Front Raises

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and there is good stuff.

Standing with legs slightly apart. Your back straight with your abs contracted. Place a dumbbell on your thinghs with your hand crossed on the handle. The palms of your hands are face to face and you have arms outstrechted :

  • Inhale and raises the dumbbell until the level of your eyes

  • Back to the start position slowly by avoiding shaking

  • Exhale at the end of the movement

This exercice works your anterior deltoids, your upper pectorals and your short head of your biceps.

It should aslo bee added that all the muscles that stabilize the scapulae use isometric action, allowing the humerus to pivot on a stable support.

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-Steph

Machine Lateral Raises

shouler exercise machine lateral raises

This is The Stephane Andre and today I’m talking about machine lateral raise. I read Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and there is good stuff.

Sit on the machine and take the handles :

  • Inhale and raises your elbows to the horizontal

  • Exhale at the end of the movement

This exercise mainly works the lateral deltoid and also the supra-spinous muscles. If you raise your elbows beyond the horizontal, you’ll work the upper part of trapezius.

Note: This is a good exercise for beginners that doesn’t require any positioning effort and allows to do sets with high reps.

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-Steph

High Pulley Lateral Extensions

high pulley lateral extensions

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and there is good stuff.

Standing in front of pulleys. Keep your arms stretched forward to take the right handle with your left hand and take the left handle with your right hand :

  • Inhale and spread your arms, keeping your arms outstretched. Expire at the end of the movement.

  • Back to the starting position by controlling the movement.

This exercice works deltoids, mainly posterior beams, infraspinatus and teres minor. At the end of movement (when shoulder blades approach), this exercice works trapezius and rhomboids.

Note : For people who have shoulders forward because of chest muscles, do this exercice and use the machine that works rear shoulders help to rebalance posture.

To straighten shoulders, it’s necessary to use moderate weights to stay focused on the end of movement to tighten shoulder blades properly.

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-Steph