- Target Muscle Group
- Exercise TypeStrength
- Equipment RequiredDumbbell
- Force TypePull
- Experience LevelBeginner
- Secondary Muscles
Seated Dumbbell Lateral Raise Overview
Seated dumbbell lateral raises are a variation of dumbbell lateral raises and are used to isolate the muscles of the shoulder.
Seated Dumbbell Lateral Raise Instructions
- Grab a pair of dumbbells with a neutral grip and sit on the edge of a flat bench with your feet around shoulder width apart. This is the starting position for the exercise.
- Slowly raise the dumbbells to around shoulder height.
- Pause and slowly lower the dumbbell back to the starting position.
- Repeat for desired reps.
Seated Dumbbell Lateral Raise Tips
- Focus on keeping the reps slow and controlled. Because this is an isolation exercise, the focus should be on correctly working the muscle - not moving as much weight as possible.
- Don't bring your arms up too high - up to shoulder height is far enough.
- If you encounter pain in the shoulder while performing the movement, consider implementing one of the following tweaks:
- Tilt your pinkies slightly higher than your thumbs. Imagine you’re pouring out a cup of water.
- Turn your palms forward so that your thumbs are pointing away from your body. This will put the shoulder in a more externally rotated position and potentially open up the shoulder joint to allow for a bit more movement.