Alternating Dumbbell Front Raise

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.

execution

  1. 1
    Grab a pair of dumbbells
  2. 2
    Stand with your feet placed at about shoulder width
  3. 3
    Keep torso straight and keep the dumbbells in front of you (Palms facing torso)
  4. 4
    Bend elbows slightly out of lockout and maintain that static position
  5. 5
    Look forward
  6. 6
    Lift the left dumbbell up, contracting the deltoid when the arm is parallel to the ground
  7. 7
    Go back down slowly, maintaining tension on the deltoid
  8. 8
    Repeat 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.

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