Monday, August 16, 2010

Great Chest Workouts: How To Do Dumbbell Lateral Raises

Shoulder Strength Is Great for the Chest



Since you follow this blog, you have noticed that I write a lot about shoulder exercises. I can't stress enough the importance that overall upper body strength plays into developing a great chest. If you are deficient in one area it will impede your progress in another. Not only that, if your muscles are very weak and underdeveloped it can lead to serious injury when you get into heavier lifting exercises. So once again I'm going to present an article that focuses on building shoulder strength. In the end this will help your benching exercises immensely.

How To Perform the Dumbbell Lateral Raise

This exercise is designed to strengthen your upper back, neck and shoulder muscles. You'll need two dumbbells for this exercise. Grasp a medium weight dumbbell in each hand and hold them in front of your thighs. Lean forward while maintaining a slight bend in your knees. Make sure that your elbows are slightly bent. Use your shoulder muscles to raise your arms up to your sides, stop when they're at shoulder height. Now lower them to starting position. Do this for five reps to get a feel for the exercise. From there, perform eight to ten reps for a total of five sets. Increase the weights in two and a half to five pound intervals every week.

The dumbbell lateral raise is one of those little gems, if you practice them regularly not only will you notice that your shoulders are stronger which helps your benching exercises you'll have good shoulder definition, too.

That's all for dumbbell lateral raises. Look for more articles on my Great Chest Workouts website. Thanks for reading.

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