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Rear Lateral Raise

Exercise Profile

Body PartShoulders
Primary MusclesDeltoid Posterior
Secondary MusclesDeltoid Lateral, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor, Trapezius Lower Fibers, Trapezius Middle Fibers
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Introduction to the Rear Lateral Raise

The Rear Lateral Raise is a strength-building exercise that primarily targets the deltoids, specifically the posterior section, while also engaging the upper back muscles. It is suitable for individuals at all fitness levels who aim to improve shoulder strength, stability, and range of motion. Incorporating this exercise into your routine can enhance your overall upper body aesthetic, promote better posture, and support functional movements in daily life.

Performing the: A Step-by-Step Tutorial Rear Lateral Raise

  • Bend slightly at your knees and hinge at your waist, keeping your back straight, until your torso is almost parallel to the floor.
  • With a slight bend in your elbows, raise the dumbbells out to the sides and up until they are in line with your shoulders, making sure to squeeze your shoulder blades together at the top of the movement.
  • Hold this position for a moment, then slowly lower the dumbbells back down to the starting position.
  • Repeat this exercise for your desired number of repetitions, ensuring to maintain proper form throughout.

Tips for Performing Rear Lateral Raise

  • Control the Weights: It's important to control the weights throughout the entire movement, rather than allowing momentum to do the work. Raise the weights to shoulder height, then lower them back down slowly. If you're swinging the weights or using momentum, you're likely using too much weight and should reduce it to avoid potential injury.
  • Keep Elbows Slightly Bent: Keep your arms slightly bent at the elbows to protect them from strain or injury. Straightening your arms completely can put unnecessary stress on the elbow joints.
  • Avoid Neck Strain: Don't look up or extend your neck during the exercise, as this can cause neck strain. Instead, keep your neck in a

Rear Lateral Raise FAQs

Can beginners do the Rear Lateral Raise?

Yes, beginners can do the Rear Lateral Raise exercise. However, it's important to start with light weights to ensure proper form and prevent injury. It's also helpful to have a trainer or experienced individual guide you through the movement initially to ensure you are doing it correctly. This exercise primarily targets the rear deltoids in the shoulder, but also works the upper back muscles.

What are common variations of the Rear Lateral Raise?

  • Incline Bench Rear Lateral Raise: In this version, you lie face down on an incline bench which allows a different angle of resistance and targets the muscles differently.
  • Bent Over Rear Lateral Raise: Performed by bending over at the waist, this variation allows you to lift heavier weights and engage your core for balance.
  • Rear Lateral Raise with Resistance Bands: Instead of using dumbbells, this variation uses resistance bands to provide a different type of tension and challenge to the shoulder muscles.
  • Single-Arm Rear Lateral Raise: This version is performed one arm at a time, allowing you to focus on each shoulder individually and potentially identify and correct any strength imbalances.

What are good complementing exercises for the Rear Lateral Raise?

  • Bent-Over Rows: This exercise complements the Rear Lateral Raise as it strengthens the rhomboids and latissimus dorsi, muscles in the back that support the shoulder movement, improving overall shoulder stability and strength.
  • Face Pulls: This exercise targets the rear deltoids, similar to the Rear Lateral Raise, but also works the upper trapezius and rotator cuff muscles, enhancing shoulder health and posture, while reducing the risk of shoulder injuries.

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