Monday, October 25, 2010

Great Chest Workouts: How To Do The Dumbbell Lateral Raise

Proper Form Gets You Proper Results



Strong shoulders make for a stronger bench and a stronger bench makes for a stronger chest. So if you want a great chest workout, you've got to train the whole body. This time we're going to learn about the dumbbell side arm raise exercise.

How To Do The Dumbbell Lateral Raise

This exercise can be performed sitting or standing. I'm going to talk about the standing dumbbell lateral raise (sometimes referred to as the dumbbell side arm raise) because it has a lot of benefits including

  • mold and sculpt the deltoid shoulder muscles
  • improves balance
  • improves overall upper body strength

You'll need a pair of dumbbells for this exercise. Take one dumbbell in each hand. Stand with your legs shoulder width apart. Hold the dumbbells at your sides with your palms facing toward your thighs. Now, while keeping your back straight and abdominals tight, use your shoulder muscles to raise the dumbbells up. Stop once the weights are parallel to the floor. This is the top of the exercise. Hold this position for a five second count then lower them down to your sides again. You've just completed one rep. To get the most out of this exercise, do the raise in a slow manner, raise your arms slowly, hold then slowly lower them again. The longer you're holding the weights up, the more the force of gravity will pull on them. This is good for you because in order to maintain your raised position, your muscles must work hard against gravity. This resistance will strengthen your shoulder muscles. Perform five sets of the dumbbell side arm raise, with ten reps per set. Each week increase the weights in five pound increments.

You can combine the dumbbell lateral raise with other shoulder workouts e.g. pull ups, or even mix it up with some chest workouts such as the tricep dip exercise.

That's all for this article. If you want strong, sculpted shoulders that get women turned on, don't sit around just reading this article, get out there and do them.

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