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Dumbbell Front Raises

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Purpose of Exercise:
TO DEVELOP THE FRONT HEAD OF THE DELTOIDS

This exercise not only works the front head of the delts through its entire range of motion, but helps to create separation between the deltoids and the pectoral muscles. It can be done either standing or sitting.

Execution:
Stand with a dumbbell in each hand, held slightly away from you against the front of the thighs. Lift one weight out and up in a wide arc until it is higher than the top of your head.

Lower the weight under control while simultaneously lifting the other weight, so that both arms are in motion at the same time and the dumbbells pass each other at a point of your face. In order to work the front head of the delts directly, make certain that the dumbbells pass in front of your face rather than out of the side.

To do this same movement with a barbell, grasp the bar with an overhand grip (thumbless grip), let it hang down at a arm’s length in front of you, and with arms slightly bent, lift it to a point just higher than your head, staying as strict as possible, then lower it again under control.

Warning:
Do not move your body back and forth and do not swing the weights.

Variation:
Do Front Raises in a seated position for a stricter movement, since you can’t use your body to cheat on the lifts.