One way to increase arm and shoulder strength is to add lateral arm raises to your workout routine. In the following video, Kristen Feola, author of Spiritually Strong and former personal trainer, demonstrates the proper way to perform a lateral arm raise.
Hi, I’m Kristen Feola, author of the book, Spiritually Strong. Today I’m going to show you an exercise that is featured in my book. Let’s begin.
Lateral arm raises are really great for building upper body strength – particularly for the deltoid muscles, building range of motion in that joint and flexibility. So, let me show you the lateral arm raise and how to perform it properly.
For a lateral raise, you need to have your feet about shoulder width apart. Knees are soft, which means they’re slightly bent. Shoulders back, and abs are tight. Have a weight in each hand. If you don’t have dumbbells at home, use a can of vegetables. Make sure it’s the same weight. And, you’re going to lift the weights to shoulder height and back to the sides. Exhale as you go out. Arms are straight. Inhale as you release.
A lot of times you will see people in the gym – particularly men – who like to bring the weights all the way up above their head and back down. And, this is an exercise where I wouldn’t really recommend that full range of motion, simply because, most of the time, you’re using way too heavy of a weight, which is extremely stressful on the shoulder joint. So, I would stay away from that. Only bring the weights up to shoulder height and back down.
Thank you so much for viewing this lateral arm raise exercise video. I hope it’s been helpful for you. If you haven’t already gotten a copy of my book, Spiritually Strong, you can find it online, you can order it through my website, or get it wherever books are sold. And, I pray that God blesses you on your journey to be physically and spiritually stronger. You can find other Upper Body Exercise videos here.