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Standing Lateral Raises
May be performed in a standing or sitting positions. Be sure that if you are seated your back is straight; if standing your knees are slightly bent to protect your lower back.
In a standing position - with your feet firmly placed for balance; grasp a dumbbell in each hand. Keep the dumbbells at hanging straight down at your sides.
Simultaneously, raise the dumbbells directly to your sides. Be sure to turn your palm facing down, and have your elbows slightly bent. Your hand, elbow and shoulder form a parallel line.
Hold for 1-2 seconds and then release to the starting position.
Be sure NOT TO turn your thumbs down at the top of the movement. This is an un-natural position for your shoulders to be in and leads to injury in the rotator cuff region.
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