Front Dumbbell Raise

Front Dumbbell Raise

The front dumbbell raise is an exercise for the shoulder muscles where you raise one dumbbell at a time in front of your chest. Don't swing your upper body, look straight forward and extend your arms 90%. Find more exercises for your shoulder muscles at weight training main.


  • Stand upright with your feet approx. one shoulder width apart an hold a dumbbell in each hand (palms facing thighs). Bend your elbows slightly, but keep them still throughout the entire exercise.
  • Then lift one of your dumbbells in a wide arc in front of your chest, until your arm is parallel to the floor. Exhale at the same time and don't move your back. Twist your hand as you raise your arm, so that your palm faces the floor at the end of the movement. I recommend you do the front dumbbell raise in front of a mirror.
  • Go back to the beginning position and inhale. Then raise the other dumbbell. The down-motion should be slightly slower then the up-motion.


  • Keep your abdominals tight and don't bend your back with the movement.
  • Raise one dumbbell at time.
  • Don't create momentum.
  • Stretch your shoulder muscles between sets and exercises.
  • Do the front dumbbell raise in front of a mirror.
  • I recommend 2 to 3 sets of 12 to 16 repetitions.