How do you do a lateral raise?


Quick Answer

To do a lateral raise, choose the size of the weights with which you want to exercise, grip the weights with your hands slightly angled and pinkies at the highest point, lift the weights to a 45 degree angle while bending slightly at the waist, and change your position to maximize different muscles. Doing this exercise only takes a few minutes and requires free weights, a mirror and a stable structure.

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  1. Choose the weights

    Start with light weights until you are comfortable handling heavier weights. Work your way up in size.

  2. Lift the weights

    Grip each weight with your entire hand wrapped around it. Angle your hands toward the ceiling with your pinkies at the highest point. Keep your arms straight as you raise the weights beside your body parallel with the ground. Bend slightly forward at your waist as you lift the weights to a 45 degree angle.

  3. Try different positions

    Lift the weights higher than shoulder level to utilize the trapezius muscles. Emphasize the supraspinatus muscles by doing a one-arm lateral raise while leaning toward the arm with the weight. Steady yourself by holding onto a stable structure. Emphasize the middle deltoid muscles by leaning away from the arm with the weight during a one-arm lateral raise.

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