Raise the dumbbells up to the sides of your body in an arch until they are at shoulder level and your palms are facing the floor. Lower and repeat movement. To target your front area, grab two dumbbells and place your feet at shoulder width apart with your palms facing your body. Raise the dumbbells slightly higher than your shoulders. Lower to starting position and repeat. You can raise dumbbells together alternating one at a time. For a variation, you can also try Front Lateral Raises.
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The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.