Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredBarbell
  • MechanicsIsolation
  • Force TypePull
  • Experience LevelIntermediate
  • Secondary Muscles
Target Muscle Group


Shoulders Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Seated High Barbell Front Raise Instructions

  1. Set up for the high barbell front raise by loading a straight bar or EZ bar with the weight you want to use.
  2. Grasp the bar with an overhand grip (palms facing down) with your hands around shoulder width apart. Sit down on the end of a flat bench and let the barbell rest on your thighs.
  3. Straighten your back, tense your mid section and pull your shoulders back, taking the weight off your thighs and holding it about 4 inches above your thighs. This is the starting position for the exercise.
  4. Keeping your arms straight slowly raise the barbell up until it is almost straight above your head.
  5. Pause, and then slowly lower the barbell back to the starting position.
  6. Repeat for desired reps.

Exercise Tips:

  1. This is an isolation exercise so it's important that you focus on strict technique to isolate the front deltoids.
  2. Don't let the barbell touch your body during the set.
  3. Keep the rep timing slow, and lower the weight slowly.
  4. And finally, keep your mid section tight and your back straight. Don't swing to assist moving the weight up.