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Standing Lateral Raises

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Purpose of Exercise:
TO DEVELOP THE OUTSIDE HEAD OF THE DELTOID, WITH SOME BENEFIT TO THE REAR HEAD.

Execution:
Take a dumbbell in each hand, bend forward slightly, and bring the weights together in front of you at arm’s length. Start each repetition form a dead stop to keep yourself from swinging the weight up.

Lift the weighs out and up to either side, turning your wrists slightly (as if pouring water out of a jug) so that the rear dumbbell is higher than the front (this helps to involve the rear head of the deltoid). Lift the weights to a point slightly higher than your shoulders, and then lower them slowly, resisting all way down.

Warning:
A common mistake with this movement is to rock back and forth and swing the weights up instead of lifting them with the deltoids. Doing this cuts down on the effectiveness of the movement and should be avoided.