🚨 Shoulder Workout Tips
👇Front Lateral Raises Exercise Demo
✅ Above is a great video demo by @duncanlukas, in which he instructs us on how to properly setup and execute the front lateral raise. Note the specific angles, grips, and variations one can do within a work set to target the front deltoid and maximize the blood flow and pump to the deltoid.
🚨 Muscles Worked
✅ The front lateral raise is a variation of the lateral raise which has the lifter move the weights forward in the raise (instead of to the sides or back). Below is a list of the specific muscles groups targeted by this shoulder raise variation.
- ✅ Anterior Deltoid (Front)
- ✅ Lateral Deltoid (Lateral)
- ✅ Trapezius
🚨 Benefits of the Front Lateral Raise
✅ Below are some benefits of the front lateral raise, many of which are also discussed deeper in my lateral raise article (which includes some of the front and rear lateral raise variations).
🚨 Increase Size of the Anterior Shoulder
✅ While this may not seem like a big deal for powerlifters, weightlifters, and functional fitness athletes, front lateral raises can offer us some specific benefits to positions we often find ourselves in throughout our individual sports. For starters, and type of pressing motion (bench, push press, handstand push ups, ring dips, etc) involve the anterior deltoid, which if not built up can lead to weakness in certain movements and poor performance. Secondly, weightlifters can benefit from larger shoulders (specifically the anterior deltoid) when holding front racks in the front squat and jerking movements.
✅ Failure to have adequate shoulder shelf space can make the barbell sink lower onto your body and become very uncomfortable without the necessary padding (muscle mass). Lastly, functional fitness athletes reap benefits simply because they are performing many of the same movements as strongmen, powerlifters, and Olympic weightlifters.
🚨 Sets x Reps Shoulder
✅ Training the shoulders with front lateral raises and other raise variations can be tricky, especially since there is a wide amount of advice out there on rep schemes, sets, and the amount of weight to be used. As a general disclaimer, I would not recommend going very very heavy with this movement, as the single joint mechanics of this under high load could end in more injury than results.
✅ As far as my general recommendations, 3-4 sets (however I have discussed with some lifters who perform 6-10 sets, for all of the raise variations) of 8-15 reps, as the blood flow to the muscle and the pump is key to adding size and volume.
🚨 Go Forth and Build Better Deltoids!
✅ Building stronger, healthier, and more muscular shoulders doesn’t need to be guesswork or rocket-science. In the above article we broke down the movement and offers the answers to “why” you shoulder do more shoulder isolation training, perfectly accompanied with the exact “how-to” video you need to master front lateral raises. Enjoy!