The Lateral Raise to Shoulder Press is a compound exercise that will work the chest, arms, shoulders, and upper back muscles. It is a fabulous marriage of two complimentary exercises that can make a great addition to any upper body routine. This exercise is also great for people with Atrial Fibrillation, as it won’t cause your heart rate to spike when performing the movements.
What is a Lateral Raise?
A lateral raise is an exercise that we personal trainers call an isolation exercise because it only works one joint in the body, your shoulder joint. However, this one exercise engages many muscles. The muscles used to properly execute a lateral raise are the deltoids, the supraspinatus muscles and the trapezius muscles. These muscles all work in concert during this movement.
What is a Shoulder Press?
A shoulder press is another isolation exercise that works one joint in the body, your shoulder joint. However, this one exercise engages many muscles. The muscles used to properly execute a lateral raise are the deltoids, the pectoralis major, the triceps brachii, the supraspinatus, trapezius and serratus anterior, and the bicep muscles.
How to Perform this Exercise:
- Stand tall with a dumbbell in each hand and your arms hanging straight at your sides. Keep your feet hip to shoulder width apart.
- Slowly bring the weight out to your sides and above your head in one smooth, fluid arc. Your hands will naturally rotate to face one another at the top of the movement over your head.
- Once overhead, bring the weights down to your shoulder and perform a shoulder press by pushing the weights back up with your arms fully extended again.
- Now return the weights to the starting position keeping the arms straight and muscles engaged on the descent. Your palms will naturally rotate again so they are facing your thighs once your arms are back at your sides.
- Repeat this movement 15 times for 3 sets as a part of your push/pull workout.
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