Dumbbell Lateral Raise Exercise Guide & Video

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Step 1. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and bend forward slightly while keeping your back straight.

Step 2. Hold the dumbbells in front of your body. Your elbows should be slightly bent throughout the movement.

Step 3. Raise the weights up to the side until the weight is just above shoulder height.

Step 4. Slowly lower the weight back down to the starting position. Do not touch the dumbbells.


The dumbbell lateral raise works the lateral head (middle part) of the deltoid muscle. It is also a good exercise for those who are looking to add size and strength to their lateral deltoid and define their lateral deltoids more. The machine lateral raise offers an alternative version of this exercise for those with lower back problems or discomfort.

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Updated: March 30th, 2015