How to do Dumbbell Shoulder Raise

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Difficulty: Medium

Impact Level: Normal

Target Body Parts: upper back, shoulders


Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Squeeze your glutes and engage your core. Start with the dumbbells down by your side. Keeping your shoulders slightly pulled back and chest up and open, raise both arms up and away from the body until they are at shoulder height and parallel to the floor. Reverse the movement and return to the start position. Maintain straight arms without locking the elbows for the duration of the exercise. Move steadily and avoid using momentum to lift the dumbells. The hips should not move, only the arms.

How to make Dumbbell Shoulder Raise easier

If you feel unstable, you can sit down on a chair or bench.

The exercise can also be performed without a weight. This may help if your shoulders feel tight performing the movement.

How to make Dumbbell Shoulder Raise more challenging

This can be performed by raising one arm at a time.

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