The Dumbbell Lateral Raise strengthens the muscles of the mid shoulder (mid-deltoid).
Instructions: Slowly lift arms until dumbbells are shoulder height. Slowly release down to your sides. Keep your feet about hip width for stability. Avoid lifting your shoulders. Perform 3 sets of 8-10 repetitions. Do fewer sets and reps if you’re unable to do 3 of 8-10.
Modifications: 1) Use lighter weights. 2) Use wrist weights instead of dumbbells.
Caution: If you experience discomfort during the exercise, you may be using too much weight, or the position of this exercise may not be suitable for you. Reduce the weight if you notice your shoulders lifting, your head poking forward, or you’re experiencing body swing.
EXERCISE DOs and DONTs – As with all exercise programs, when using exercise videos that appear on this site, you need to use common sense. If your muscles are weak, either do the modifications, or don’t attempt this exercise if it’s too difficult for you. When starting an exercise program, be sure to discuss your plans with your healthcare provider