Sculpt Sexy Shoulders With This Shoulder Exercise...The Lateral Raise

Looking for shoulder strengthening exercises?

The lateral raise strengthens and tones your middle shoulder muscle, or medial deltoid. You'll want to show off your sexy shoulders when you include this shoulder exercise in your routine.

The medial deltoid is one of the three muscles that make up the shoulder. Strengthening this muscle will improve your daily activities and give you energy for the things you love to do.

Lateral raises can be done sitting or standing.

You can choose from dumbbells, cables, or tubing.

If you are intermediate or advanced, you can do this shoulder raise on bosu.

For starters, we'll use dumbbells and a bench or chair.

Strengthen And Tone Your Shoulder Muscles

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  1. Grab a light set of dumbbells. 3 to 8 lbs. works for beginners.

  2. Sit upright in a chair or on a flat bench.

  3. Pull your belly button in toward your spine. Hold.

  4. Pull your shoulder blades back and down. Hold.

  5. With your back straight, bend forward slightly at the waist.

  6. Feet are planted firmly on the floor about shoulder width apart.

  7. Arms are straight at your sides with elbows slightly bent.

  8. Inhale. Exhale and raise your arms out to the sides and up.

    • Use your shoulder muscles to raise the weights.

    • Bring your elbows up to shoulder height or slightly below.

  9. Slowly lower your arms back to your starting position, controlling the weight all the way down.

  10. Complete 10-15 repetitions per set.

  11. Congratulations! You've completed another strength training exercise! You are one step closer to your ideal body!

    Remember to record your progress so you can see what you've accomplished!

    You're on the road to achieving your goals.

    Here's to you!

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