Side Raises shoulders

Start/Finish

Midpoint

Vip Exercise

Start/Finish

Midpoint

Starting Position: Stand upright, with your feet about shoulder width apart and your arms at your sides. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, your palms turned toward your body.

It's important to keep your palms turned downward as you lift the dumbbells so your shoulders, rather than your biceps, do the work.

The Exercise: Keeping your arms straight, lift the weights out and up to the sides until they are right about level with your chin, and hold 'em there for a count of one. From this position, lower them slowly back to your sides—remember, there's a lot of good muscle work going on in that portion of the exercise.

Don't lean back and "swing " the weights up. Lift them straight out to your sides until they are almost directly out from your shoulders—in the top position, it looks almost like a gymnast doing an iron cross on the rings.

Don't lean your torso forward and bring the dumbbells down in front of your body. Instead, let the weights down to your sides.

Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

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.

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