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Dumbbell Raises

Blast your Trapezius and Deltoid Muscles by adding this Exercise to your Weight Training Programs

Welcome to our Dumbbell Raises 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 Raises
Main Muscle:Deltoid
Secondary Muscle(s):Trapezius
Exercise Type:Compound, Pull
Equipment Required:Dumbbells

Exercise Description and Instruction:

This shoulders exercise is one of our dumbbell exercises and is very similar to the Dumbbell Upright Row.  The difference between this movement and the Upright Row is that during dumbbell raises your palms will be pointed towards your sides rather than your chest. 

dumbbell raises
dumbbell raise

To Perform This Exercise:

  1. Grasp a pair of dumbbells with your arms extended fully at your sides. This will be your starting position.
  2. Next, while moving along a path close to your body, exhale and lift the dumbbells to the top of your rib cage. During this raise, concentrate on contracting from your shoulders and traps and allow your elbows to move up and out.
  3. Pause for a moment, then inhale and slowly lower the weight to the starting position.
  4. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips:

  1. Keep your elbows higher than your forearms throughout the lift. This will keep the emphasis on your traps and deltoids.
  2. Remember to keep your back straight and your abs drawn in throughout each repetition. Your feet should remain firmly planted on the floor.

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