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Dumbbell Front Raise

Blast your Deltoid and Trapezius Muscles with this Shoulders Exercise

Welcome to our Dumbbell Front Raise Exercise Instruction Guide! 

On this page you'll learn how to do this shoulders exercise using the correct technique. Below you'll find pictures, exercise instructions, and tips on how to get the most out of this and other Shoulder Exercises so you can immediately add to your next Shoulder Workout Routine and other Weight Training Routines.

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Exercise Summary

Exercise Name:Dumbbell Front Raise
Main Muscle:Deltoid
Secondary Muscle(s):Trapezius
Exercise Type:Isolation, Push
Equipment Required:Dumbbells

Exercise Description and Instruction:

This shoulders exercise is one of our dumbbell exercises and targets your deltoid and trapezius muscles. 

You can also do the front raises with a barbell or on a cable pulley. Check out those following variations:

dumbbell front raise
dumbbell front raise

To Perform This Exercise:

  1. Stand with a pair of dumbbells in each hand in front of your thighs at arms length with an overhand grip (palms facing your thighs). This will be your starting position.
  2. While keeping your body stationary, exhale and lift the left dumbbell in front of you until your arm is just above your shoulder and past parallel to the floor. During the lift, maintain only a slight bend in your elbow and keep your palms pointed down. Your wrists should firm and straight.
  3. Once your arm is past parallel to the floor, pause for a moment, then inhale and slowly lower the weight to the starting position.
  4. Repeat the movement with your right arm, then continue to alternate arms until you have completed the desired number or repetitions for each arm.


  1. Keep your body stationary, not allowing your torso to swing as your lift the weight. It may help to bend your knees slightly as you perform the lift.
  2. Keep your wrists straight with your palms facing down and maintain a slight bend in the elbow.
  3. Concentrate on only moving at the shoulder joint to complete each repetition.

Now that you've seen the Dumbbell Front Raise, check out all of our different Shoulder Exercises. Or, view our most popular shoulder exercises and other related pages below.


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