Why All Men and Women Should do Lateral Shoulder Raises

As a personal trainer at the Jersey Shore (Monmouth County) you can believe that I work with a lot of men and women who want to improve their physique and look good on the beach.  For men AND women, that means reducing some excess fat on the body and building up some lean muscle tissue.  One of the first places I start is with the upper body.  The shoulders really catch your attention on someone if they are shaped nicely.  For men- shoulders not only help fill out your t-shirts but they broaden your silhouette and give the appearance of a strong upper body.  For women, adding some lean muscle to your shoulder area actually helps shrink the appearance of your waist and lower body.

The lateral raise is a great exercise to build up the outer portion of the shoulder and give some more of that hour glass look.  For men, it will give you a broader silhouette and also helps with shoulders that slope downwards.

The Lateral Raise primarily works the lateral deltoid, which is the middle portion of the deltoid muscle. The anterior (front) deltoid, posterior (back) deltoid, and upper traps will activate as well.

How to Perform the Lateral Raise

  1. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Slightly bend hips and knees. Hold dumbbells at your sides with your palms facing in. Bend your elbows slightly.
  2. Holding your core tight, raise the dumbbells to your side until your upper arms are  shoulder height (do not exceed shoulder height).
  3. Lower the dumbbells to the starting position.

 

About Eddie:

Eddie is a sought out personal trainer in Monmouth County, NJ. His body building back ground mixed with his present day CrossFit training is what helps him create workouts that can taylor to any fitness level, any age, and any results-oriendted individual.  Eddie owners Ultimate Fitness, a 24 hour gym in Monmouth County and Ultimate Fit Zone, a cross training and boot camp gym in Monmouth County as well. He is the director of training at both gyms.

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