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The Dumbbell Shoulder Front Raise Exercise

The dumbbell shoulder front raise exercise is an exercise that will help strengthen and develop the front part of your shoulders. In addition, it will indirectly exercise your biceps (front of your upper arms), forearms and upper chest. The important part of this exercise is to focus on your form.

That is, it is important the keep constant tension on the target muscle group (shoulders) and really “feel” the movement as you raise and lower the weight. I suggest using light dumbbells for this exercise and if you have never weight trained before, try using no weight. Turn your hands so that your thumbs are pointing forward (if you are using no weight).

Once you are comfortable with the movement, try using a light set of dumbbells.

How to do the dumbbell shoulder front raise exercise - Starting position

How to do the dumbbell shoulder front raise exercise - Midway position

Position for the dumbbell shoulder front raises exercise

Grab a pair of light dumbbells from the floor. Stand up straight with the dumbbells at your sides. Make sure your palms are facing each other (not with your knuckles facing forward). To get into proper position, move your shoulders back and down while puffing your chest out. Slightly arch your lower back and keep your feet roughly shoulder width apart.

How to perform the dumbbell shoulder front raise exercise

Using your shoulders, slowly lift your arms upwards while keeping them straight and extended. Keep your shoulders fixed and stationary. Lift your arms until they are just past parallel, pause for a second and slowly lower the dumbbells back to the starting position. Repeat as needed.


Breathe in as you lift the dumbbells upwards and breathe out as you lower the dumbbells back to the starting position.  

Important points for the dumbbell shoulder front raise exercise

·         Posture is very important; do not move your shoulders forward or round your back. Try and pretend your back is flush against the wall and as you lift the dumbbells; your shoulders are always flush against the wall.

·         Do not swing the weight upwards. If you find you need body momentum to help get the weight up, your dumbbells are too heavy. Lighten the dumbbells until you can perform the repetitions in good form.

·         Keep your head level and eyes forward. Pick a spot on the wall and stare at it as you lift the dumbbells. As soon as you look down your shoulders will start to move forward. Keep looking forward!

·         When you pick up the dumbbells from the floor, always bend your knees and don’t use your back. Lift with your knees!  

Video for the dumbbell shoulder front raise exercise

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Over his 30 plus years of experience, Blake Bissaillion has worked with nationally ranked body builders, power lifters and fitness professionals. In this time he has picked up volumes of applied knowledge that he openly shares with his clients. Mr. Bissaillion’s objective is to help as many beginners to weight training and fitness to achieve their weight loss and fitness goals while getting into their best possible shape. Mr. Bissaillion owns and operates Belly Be Gone, a fitness company that offers fitness and nutritional guidance and products.

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