The alternate front raise exercise is a classic one when it comes to front delt development. Though it is a mainstream exercise, it is highly effective due to the fact it executes one of the main functions of the front deltoid – Lifting the arm up.
I recommend that you add the alternate front raise into your shoulder workouts if your goal is bigger boulder shoulders. Aim to perform 3-5 sets in the 10-12 rep range with 60 second rest times.
- 1Grab a pair of dumbbells
- 2Stand with your feet placed at about shoulder width
- 3Keep torso straight and keep the dumbbells in front of you (Palms facing torso)
- 4Bend elbows slightly out of lockout and maintain that static position
- 5Look forward
- 6Lift the left dumbbell up, contracting the deltoid when the arm is parallel to the ground
- 7Go back down slowly, maintaining tension on the deltoid
- 8Repeat the same on the opposite side and alternate between both arms
Note that using too much inertial movements here is not recommended – Maintain good tension on the shoulders.