Monday, April 26, 2010

How To Do The Dumbbell Front Arm Raise

Exercises the chest, shoulders and abdominal muscles



The dumbbell is a very good exercise for weight lifting beginners. It trains several muscle groups simultaneously which helps to balance upper body development. And since you can start off with light weights, this is a great for developing proper form and technique. So today, I'm going to discuss the how to's of the dumbbell front raise.

How To Perform The Front Arm Dumbbell Raise

You'll need to light weight dumbbells for this exercise. Grasp a dumbbell in each hand. Hold them in front of your thighs. Then raise your arms up until the dumbbells are perpendicular to the floor. You should not raise the weights higher than eye level. Your arms will be in a horizontal position. Then lower the weight down to your thighs again. This is one rep. Repeat the action for a second repetition. You have to stand straight and keep your abs tight. You should feel the action as a a slight pulling in your upper chest. It also works, the shoulders very nicely. If you're swaying back to get the weight up it means that you're lifting more than your body is ready for. In such a case, choose lighter weights.

You can do variations of the above front arm dumbbell raise. Alternating between the right and left arm maybe easier for those who are unaccustomed to weight training or have weaker muscles. Another variation is the barbell front arm raise. The only difference here is that you will use a light weight barbell in place of dumbbells.

As you become stronger, you will be able to use heavier weights for the dumbbell front arm raise. The only way to develop a great chest is to constantly target the muscle groups in the upper body. Compound lifts are ideal because in order to maintain proper form each group will have to hold its own weight (literally), allowing for a natural progression of strength. The dumbbell front arm raise is often overlooked because a lot of guys prefer to bench press. But adding the this exercise to your routine on chest day, will give you a more complete workout. And it will accelerate your strength gains.

Well, this concludes our discussion of the dumbbell front arm raise. Look forward to more articles on my Great Chest Workouts website. Thanks for reading.

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