Dumbbell Side Raises (Lateral Raises)

side raise dumbbell exerciseEquipment Required: a pair of dumbbells, mirror (optional)


  1. Starting by standing and holding a dumbbell in each hand (facing a mirror if one is available).
  2. Slightly bend at the elbows and turn the dumbbells so that the palms are facing the sides of your body
  3. Raise the dumbbells out to the sides until they are at shoulder height. At the top of the movement, the dumbbells should be facing downward.
  4. After a pause at the top, slowly lower the dumbbells back to the starting position.
  5. Repeat until the set is completed

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