Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredBarbell
  • MechanicsIsolation
  • Force TypePull (Bilateral)
  • Experience LevelBeginner
  • Secondary Muscles
    Abs, Traps
Target Muscle Group


Shoulders Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Barbell Overhead Front Raise Overview

The barbell overhead front raise is a shoulder building exercise that targets the front deltoids. It is a variation of the barbell front raise, which includes a larger range of motion.

The barbell overhead front raise can be used as a progression from the barbell front raise. Although, you will likely need to use less weight to complete the movement.

Barbell Overhead Front Raise Instructions

  1. Select the desired weight and load it onto a barbell.
  2. Assume a shoulder width stance and grasp the bar at shoulder width with a pronated grip.
  3. Inhale, brace your abs, and raise the arms vertically while keeping the elbows nearly locked out.
  4. Once the arms are raised completely overhead, slowly lower the bar back to the starting position.
  5. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Barbell Overhead Front Raise Tips

  1. Don’t lean back as you raise the arms, keep the motion under control and don’t rely on momentum.
  2. Try not to bounce at the top of the movement, allow the shoulders to flex and then lower slowly.