The dumbbell front raise is an effective isolation exercise which targets the anterior (Front) deltoids, and it’s a great addition to any shoulder routine. Performing this exercise in an inclined position allows for an increased level of difficulty. But it’s always good to train muscles from different angles to hit different muscle fibers.
This exercise is great for beginners if using light dumbbells since the shoulders are a sensitive area so make sure proper form is utilized. Anyone can build more size and strength with this movement since it’s simple, yet effective, and there are several variations of the incline dumbbell front raise.
In this Exercise
- Target Muscle Group: Anterior Deltoid
- Type: Strength
- Mechanics: Isolation
- Equipment: Dumbbells, bench
- Difficulty: Beginner
- Set the bench to a 45-degree incline and sit comfortably with your back against the seat while holding a dumbbell in each hand, arms relaxed by your sides.
- Slowly raise both arms up so dumbells are about mid face level with a pronated hand position. Exhaling during this portion of the movement.
- Slowly lower your arms down to the starting position relaxed by your sides while inhaling.
- Repeat for the desired number of reps.
Variations & Tips
- You can also use a neutral/hammer grip for this exercise.
- Another alternative is to raise the dumbbells from the top of the thighs to head level.
- Make sure you back is always in contact with the bench.
- Raise the dumbbells slightly outward to avoid hitting the bench.