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The dumbbell front raise is an exercise in weight training. This exercise is an isolation exercise that only works the anterior deltoid. The dumbbell front raise is normally carried out in three to five sets during a shoulder workout, repetitions depend on the type of training a lifter is using to make their required gains.


To execute the exercise, the lifter stands with their feet shoulder width apart and dumbbells held by their side with a pronated (overhand) grip.

The movement is to bring the dumbbells up in front of the body to eye level and with only a slight bend in the elbow. This isolates the anterior deltoid muscle (front of the shoulder) and uses the anterior deltoid to lift the dumbbells.

When lifting it is imperative to keep your body still so the anterior deltoid is fully utilised, if the dumbbells cannot be lifted by standing still then they are too heavy and a lower weight is needed. It is important to keep a slight bend in the elbow when lifting as keeping the elbow locked will add stress to the elbow joint and could cause injury.

A neutral grip, similar to that used in the hammer curl, can also be used. With this variation the dumbbell is again raised to eye level, but out to a 45 degree angle from the front of the body. This may be beneficial for those with shoulder injuries, particularly those related to the rotator cuff.

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