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Lateral Raises for Strong and Broad Shoulders

In this article we are discussing about dumbbell lateral raises. Dumbbell raises mainly affect on your shoulders. Strong shoulders will give you many benefits including joint functioning, shoulder mobility and less possibility of injuries. Even though dumbbell raises target your shoulders it can be separate further. Dumbbell front raises will primarily target your front of the shoulder muscles which is the anterior deltoid but it will also work on your side shoulder muscles, serratus anterior, upper and lower trapezius, clavicular part of the pectoralis major and also your biceps. Dumbbell lateral raises will focus more on the lateral deltoids which is the middle of the deltoid muscle group and it will also work on the other secondary muscles same as in the front raises.

If we looked into the benefits and importance of lateral raises on our body, there are few. Main benefit of performing this exercise for men is, it will give you strong and broad shoulders. Also for women, this exercise will help you to have a nice shoulder and back instead of flabby fat. Another important point for both men and women is, lateral raises will help you to improve your shoulder mobility.

How to perform

Now let’s move on to the question how to perform dumbbell lateral raises correctly without any injuries or side affects. So here are the basic steps to perform the exercise.

  • Stand on your feet shoulder width apart, with a dumbbell on each hand
  • Keep your back and core straight
  • Now slowly lift the dumbbells out to the sides until your hands are almost parallel to the floor (your elbows should have a slight bent)
  • Hold for 1 or 2 seconds
  • Lower your arms slowly
  • Repeat the steps

Do 3 sets of such 10 – 20 repetitions. Make sure to get a light weight if you are a beginner. Select a weight which you can do the total number of repetitions in a 1 set without having intervals in the set. 

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The Best Upper Body Workout, Dumbbell Reverse Fly

Dumbbell reverse fly is another great workout which targets major upper back muscles and rear shoulder muscles. This works on rear shoulder blades by causing shoulder blades to pull in toward each other.

Also reverse fly is a great workout with many benefits including, improving balance and posture, improving strength and stamina and reducing pains in neck and shoulder. Another positive thing in dumbbell reverse fly is, you do not need to go to a gym to perform this exercise. You can do it on your own home just with pair of dumbbells.

Here are the steps to perform the dumbbell reverse fly.

  • Stand on your feet with shoulder width apart while holding dumbbells on your sides
  • Slightly bend your knees and bend your core to the front until almost parallel to the floor
  • Then let the dumbbells to hang freely towards down
  • Make sure to maintain your back straight without any bends
  • Then raise your both arms to outwards while squeezing the shoulder blades (maintain a slight bend in your elbows when raising the dumbbells)
  • Come back to the initial position which the dumbbells hanged freely
  • Repeat for 3 sets of 15 repetitions

Make sure to select a dumbbell with a low weight if you are a beginner. If not you can start with a lower weight and increase the weights when doing second and third sets.

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