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 Overview

The dumbbell front raise is a shoulder exercise used to target the front deltoids.

The front deltoid is involved in several pressing movements and working to increase the strength of this muscle group can have a positive carry-over into your heavy pushing lifts.

From an aesthetics standpoint, bigger front deltoids can lead to the appearance of a complete set of shoulders and a wider framed upper body.

Standing Dumbbell Front Raise Instructions

  1. Choose a pair of dumbbells with a pronated grip and assume a shoulder-width stance
  2. Inhale, brace your abs and raise your arms vertically while keeping a slight bend in your elbow.
  3. Once your arms are parallel with the floor, slowly lower the dumbbells back to the starting position.
  4. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Standing Dumbbell Front Raise Tips

  • Practice good form by using a lighter weight.
  • Don’t lean back as you raise your arms, keep the motion under control, and don’t rely on momentum.
  • Try not to bounce at the top of the movement, allow the shoulders to flex and then lower slowly.
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.