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Exercise Video

Also called a lateral raise, this exercise targets the shoulder muscles. Start with 3 lb weights for this exercise, and progress to heavier weights as you are able. Pro tip: If you feel yourself swaying or arching, reduce the size of your weights.

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1

Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Holding weights, keep your hands at your sides and your shoulders relaxed.

 Step 2

Lift the weights out laterally along the sides of your body (up to about shoulder height), then bring them back down. Focus on keeping your shoulders down and away from your ears to protect yourself from strain and injury.