Lateral Raises (side raises) are a simple shoulder exercise that you can do with dumbbells.
Front raises, reverse flyes, and the overhead military press are additional dumbbell exercises that you can do for the shoulders.
Here are the instructions for lateral/ side raises.
Starting Position: Begin by simply standing with dumbbells in your hands with the back of your hands facing away from your body.
Form: Exhale and raise your arms out to the side until you get to about 90 degrees. Hold briefly at the top and then slowly return to the starting position.
Personal Trainer Tips: Move in a slow and controlled manner so that momentum does not take over.
Be mindful of the position of your head. Keep your chin tucked and your neck in good alignment. Resist the urge to let your head fall forward.
Be mindful of the position of your shoulders. You should not shrug your shoulders as you lift towards the sides. If you feel your shoulders lifting like during a shrug, try using a lighter weight.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Charles PT/PT
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