Incline Shoulder Raises


About Incline Shoulder Raises

Front dumbbell raises can be done with either a straight bar or dumbbells and they are an excellent method to isolate the anterior (front) aspect of the shoulder region. Throughout execution, it is important not to raise the weights too high and at the same time, it is equally important not to lower the weights too low. When the dumbbells / straight bar is lowered to a point where they make contact with the legs, the stress is alleviated from the shoulders – the opposite of what you want. If the dumbbell / straight bar is raised too high, the same effect will occur and the shoulder stress will be reduced. It is important to work within a specific range of motion to maximize the involvement of the anterior deltoid. That range is approximately 45 degrees during the upward phase and stopping just above the legs on the downward phase.


Incline Shoulder Raises Video


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How To Do Incline Shoulder Raises

  1. Set the incline bench to a 35 to 45 degree angle.
  2. After making an appropriate weight selection (dumbbells or straight bar), lay back on the bench and rest the weights atop the thighs.
    NOTE: the elbows should be slightly bent and the hands should be positioned shoulder width apart with the palms facing downwards.
  3. Exhale and elevate the arms up to a 45 degree angle.
  4. Inhale and lower the weight back down at a controlled speed, stopping just short of leg contact.
  5. Repeat until the desired number of repetitions are completed.
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