What muscles do Lateral Raise work?
The lateral raise primarily works the lateral (side) deltoid muscle, as well as the supraspinatus, infraspinatus and teres minor of the rotator cuff. It can also engage the traps (trapezius) and the rhomboids to a lesser extent.
How do you do a Lateral Raise?
To perform a lateral raise exercise:
- Stand with your feet hip-width apart, holding a pair of AguaForce Weights at your sides, with your palms facing in.
- Keep your shoulders relaxed and your core engaged.
- Slowly lift the AguaForce Weights out to the sides until they are level with your shoulders, with your palms facing down.
- Pause briefly at the top, then slowly lower the weights back to the starting position.
- Repeat for the desired number of reps.
It's important to use a weight that is appropriate for your strength level and to keep your movements smooth and controlled, avoiding any swinging or momentum. Keep your neck and spine in a neutral position, avoiding any excessive arching or rounding of the back.