Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredDumbbell
  • MechanicsIsolation
  • Force TypePull
  • Experience LevelBeginner
  • Secondary Muscles
Target Muscle Group


Shoulders Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Alternating Dumbbell Lateral Raise Overview

Alternating dumbbell lateral raises are a variation of the dumbbell lateral raise and are used to isolate the muscles of the shoulder.

Performing unilateral movements can help improve weaknesses, balance your strength and aesthetic physique, and work towards reducing injuries by addressing imbalances in the body.

Alternating Dumbbell Lateral Raise Instructions

  1. Grab two dumbbells with a neutral grip and assume a shoulder-width stance. This is the starting position for the exercise. 
  2. Slowly raise the one dumbbell to around shoulder height. Pause, and then slowly lower the dumbbell back to the starting position.
  3. Immediately repeat on the other arm. This is one rep.
  4. Repeat for the desired rep range.

Alternating Dumbbell Lateral Raise Tips

  • Avoid allowing your hands to go higher than your elbow. 
  • Because this is an isolation exercise, the focus should be on working the muscle correctly - not moving as much weight as you can.
1 Comment
Terrel Earl
Posted on: Sun, 02/03/2013 - 20:19

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