Exercise How To:

Front Shoulder Raise with Dumbbells


I like to think of this exercise as the one that really builds the front portion of your upper body, including your chest, trapezius muscles, and of course your anterior deltoids, or the front part of your shoulder.

Muscles Worked: Shoulders, pectoral muscles, trapezius, core muscles.

Action: The starting position for the Front Shoulder Raise is fairly simple. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and hold the dumbbells with your arms straight down in front of your legs with your palms facing your legs.

Keeping your abdominal muscles and your back muscles tight, lift the weight directly in front of you with your arms straight. Stop once you reach the level of your shoulders. Keeping your core muscles tight, return the weight to the starting position. Since this is an endurance workout, perform each repetition over a 1 to 2 second period and perform 15 to 25 repetitions in each set. Knock out three sets if you have the time.

Muscles Worked


More Dumbbell Exercises

One Arm Curls with Dumbbells
Two Arm Curls with Dumbbells
Curl and Delts with Dumbbells
Lunge Curls with Dumbbells
Lunges with Dumbbells
Reverse Fly with Dumbbells
Shoulder Circles with Dumbbells
Shoulder Press with Dumbbells
Side Shoulder Raise with Dumbbells
Squat Curls with Dumbbells
Squat Shoulder Press with Dumbbells
Squats with Dumbbells
Triceps Kickbacks with a Dumbbell
Upright Row Squat with Dumbbells
Vertical Shoulder Raise with Dumbbells



1. You should be able to bring the weight to the level of your shoulders during every single repetition. If you can't, reduce the weight.

2. Exhale when lifting the weight up, inhale when returning the weight to the starting position.

3. Try alternating arms to add diversity to this exercise. Remember to do 15 to 25 on the left and 15 to 25 on the right.