Pain Free Shoulders
Performing the lateral raise with a slight bend in your hips hits the delts without wearing down the shoulder joints.
Hold a Dumbbell:
- Hold a dumbbell in each hand with arms hanging at your sides. Keeping your lower back in its natural arch, bend your hips back until your shoulders are just in front of them. This puts you in position for your side delts to work optionally as you raise your arms.
Raise the Weight:
- Raise the weights straight out to your sides – but no higher than 90 degrees – with your palms facing down. Keep a slight bend in your elbows. Lower the weights under control. Don’t swing your reps up.
- You can also perform lateral raises with cables to get more resistance at the bottom end of the range of motion.