Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredDumbbell
  • MechanicsIsolation
  • Force TypePull
  • Experience LevelBeginner
  • Secondary Muscles
Target Muscle Group


Shoulders Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Standing Dumbbell Front Raise Instructions

  1. Choose a pair of dumbbells and stand up straight with your feet at around shoulder width apart.
  2. Hold the dumbbells with your arms fully extended down by your thighs in front of you body.
  3. Use an overhand grip (palms facing your body). Hold the dumbbells roughly 4 inches off of your body. This is the starting position.
  4. Begin by raising your arms straight out in front of you body with your palms facing the floor. Keep a slight bend in your elbow.
  5. Moving only at the shoulders and keeping your body as still as possible, continue raising the dumbbells out in front of you until your arms are just above parallel to the floor.
  6. Pause for a brief moment at the top of the movement, and slowly lower the dumbbells back to the starting position.
  7. Repeat for desired reps.

​Exercise Tips:

  1. Practice good form with a light weight.
  2. Focus on moving only at the shoulders. The rest of your body should be kept as still as possible and your arms should hold the same form throughout the movement.
  3. Use slow and controlled movement - avoid "swinging" the weights up and dropping them quickly.
A N Azad
Posted on: Mon, 11/18/2013 - 12:13

Using Barbells can give a strict form of motion, but using dumbbells would isolate each arm and hence independent movement. Both should be combined for superior results.

Posted on: Thu, 10/10/2013 - 19:03

the difference is that doing it with a barbell you are using a barbell and doing it with a dubbell you are using a dumbell :)

Posted on: Sun, 05/05/2013 - 17:25

what the difference between doing it with the barbell and doing it with the dumbbells?

Posted on: Fri, 12/07/2012 - 17:09

This excercise seams to hurt a lot in the forearms, any tips?

Prakhar Rawat
Posted on: Thu, 12/27/2012 - 04:29

actually it doesn't hurt much..
use your wrists..
use wrist bands..
if can, bend you elbow a little and use your triceps..

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2012 - 11:32

Why are you taking your arms so high instead of stopping at the point where arms are parallel to floor?

M&S Team Badge
Posted on: Wed, 08/22/2012 - 14:11

This full range of motion allows you to get the most from the exercise.