Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredDumbbell
  • MechanicsIsolation
  • Force TypePull (Bilateral)
  • Experience LevelBeginner
  • Secondary Muscles
    Traps, Triceps
Target Muscle Group

Shoulders

Shoulders Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Bent Over Dumbbell Reverse Fly Overview

The bent over dumbbell reverse fly, also known as the bent over rear delt fly, is a great exercise to assist you in building a complete set of shoulders.

Many lifters utilize the bent over dumbbell reverse fly to target the rear delts, an often lagging muscle for many lifters alike.

Strengthening the rear delts by using the bent over rear delt fly can lead to improved posture and a greater level of strength on other lifts.

Bent Over Dumbbell Reverse Fly Instructions

  1. Select the desired weight from the rack then take a few steps back into an open area.
  2. Hinge from the hips until your body is almost parallel to the floor and allow the arms to hang straight down from the shoulders with a neutral grip.
  3. Take a deep breath and pull the dumbbells towards the ceiling using the rear deltoids.
  4. Slowly lower the dumbbells back to the starting position under control.
  5. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Bent Over Dumbbell Reverse Fly Tips

  1. Ideally we want to focus on the rear deltoids, not the scapular retractors so movement at the shoulder blade should be limited. Move the shoulder within the joint, not the shoulder blade on the ribcage.
  2. Keep the abs braced and don’t arch the back at the top of the movement.
  3. If you can’t hinge to 90 degrees, then hinge as far as comfortably possible while completing the exercise. Or, you could also take a seated position to complete the exercise as well.
  4. If you experience shoulder pain during the movement then it may be beneficial to rotate the dumbbells until the thumbs are pointing away from one another and the palms are facing forward. This is also known as a supinated grip and will externally rotate the shoulder.
  5. Don’t jut your head forward during the movement - this about stimulation for a small muscle group. Focus during the movement and don’t just rely on momentum.
  6. Allow the arms to move freely but don’t lock out the elbows.
17 Comments
Conner
Posted on: Fri, 08/20/2021 - 16:53

Hay I can’t see Reverse Grip Dumbbell Row link can someone send it to me

parker
Posted on: Tue, 11/03/2020 - 17:42

looking down always helps align your arms and shoulder easier

Darren
Posted on: Wed, 02/25/2015 - 17:42

Instead of this exercise could you do reverse fly but on a machine

Bryan
Posted on: Thu, 01/29/2015 - 01:12

I used this workout routine while I was deployed and I made muscle and strength gains

Mateo Mangubat
Posted on: Thu, 11/14/2013 - 06:59

Sick workout! But having some issues on my shoulders, is it ok?

Rokkyhun
Posted on: Mon, 09/16/2013 - 12:07

Perfect exercise for Rear Deltoids, but not a good exercise for most people because of back issues.

JJ
Posted on: Mon, 09/02/2013 - 09:25

How much should I dead lift? I'm 17yo, 190cm tall and my wait is about 90kg

Max Roegiest
Posted on: Wed, 11/12/2014 - 08:36

That's the wrong question. Your age, size and length are not, in any form, related to the amount of weight performed, on any exercise really. This is just a matter of experimentation, WITH GOOD FORM OF COURSE, and see what is the right weight for you.

Adam
Posted on: Tue, 08/13/2013 - 06:57

Swaggy, try changing gym. Mines got tons of dumbells so although i'm this with only 65kg in each hand the gym will allow me to go up to 100 in each eventually.

swaggy
Posted on: Wed, 05/08/2013 - 00:05

i am probably too big for this exercise, i cant fit enough weight on the dumbbells :(

dave
Posted on: Sun, 06/22/2014 - 22:57

Trying working on your legs. ;)

Jake
Posted on: Thu, 10/11/2012 - 02:24

I have had previous issues with a bad back, will this excercise risk damaging it more?

nathan huber
Posted on: Sun, 08/12/2012 - 13:40

is this a better excercise than the reverse pec dec

Watami
Posted on: Tue, 08/07/2012 - 21:07

The lateral raise works the lateral part of the deltoids while this works the back(posterior) of the delts.

mohamed luay
Posted on: Tue, 08/07/2012 - 13:39

what is the difference between this exercise & Dumbbell Lateral Raise ????

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