August 14, 2022

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How to do lateral raises?

Lateral raises come with some of the best shoulder workouts you can do to build your deltoids and improve your shoulder mobility. They are quite simple and mainly involve lifting weights to shoulder height on the side of your body before lowering them and starting over. But they will only work if you do them with good form.

Even though they are simple in setup, lateral raises can be incredibly heavy. We spoke to Peter Williams, PT and Gym Manager at PureGym Cardiff, to find out everything you need to know about how to do the lateral raises with perfect form. Peter has shared with us his best tips on performing lateral raises, the benefits and variations associated with the exercise, and some common form mistakes to avoid.

However, if building your shoulders is your goal, it’s important to note that you won’t be doing it with side raises alone. The lats delts are one of three deltoids, and this is just one group of muscles that make up the shoulder and upper back. Make sure you train all the muscles to build a strong and balanced upper body – by combining compound exercises such as bench press, overhead press and lat pulldowns with isolation exercises such as lateral raises, rear hang gliding and chest flies, you will ensure that you a total builds upper body strength and size.

an illustration of a woman doing a lateral raise

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How to do lateral raises?

a photo of a man doing a lateral raise

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Grab a pair of dumbbells and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, palms facing your body, with a gentle bend at your elbows. Contracting your abs and keeping your torso still, lift the dumbbells out to the sides until they are level with your shoulders and slightly in front of your chest. Hold for a second before slowly lowering the dumbbells back to the start.

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