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Seated Rear Lateral Raise

Exercise Profile

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

The Seated Rear Lateral Raise is a targeted strength exercise that focuses on building and toning the muscles in the shoulders, specifically the rear deltoids. This exercise is ideal for individuals seeking to improve upper body strength, enhance shoulder stability, and correct postural imbalances. Incorporating Seated Rear Lateral Raises into your workout regimen can lead to better shoulder health, improved athletic performance, and a more balanced and defined upper body appearance.

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

  • Bend forward at your waist until your chest is nearly parallel to the floor, letting your arms hang straight down from your shoulders.
  • Keeping your torso stationary, lift the dumbbells to your sides while keeping the elbows slightly bent, continue to lift until your arms are parallel to the floor.
  • Pause for a moment at the top of the movement, then slowly lower the dumbbells back to the starting position.
  • Repeat this movement for the desired number of repetitions, ensuring to maintain the slight bend in your elbows throughout the exercise.

Tips for Performing Seated Rear Lateral Raise

  • Control Your Movements: Avoid swinging the weights or using momentum to lift them. This not only reduces the effectiveness of the exercise but can also lead to injuries. Raise the weights in a slow, controlled manner, and lower them the same way.
  • Keep Your Arms Slightly Bent: Your arms should be slightly bent at the elbows throughout the exercise. This helps to prevent strain on the elbow joint and ensures that the focus remains on the deltoids.
  • Don't Lift Too High: A common mistake is lifting the weights too high, which can put undue stress on the shoulders. Raise the weights until your arms are parallel to

Seated Rear Lateral Raise FAQs

Can beginners do the Seated Rear Lateral Raise?

Yes, beginners can do the Seated Rear Lateral Raise exercise. However, it's important to start with light weights to ensure correct form and prevent injury. This exercise targets the rear deltoids and can help improve shoulder stability and strength. It's always a good idea to have a trainer or experienced gym-goer demonstrate the exercise first to ensure you're performing it correctly.

What are common variations of the Seated Rear Lateral Raise?

  • Bent-Over Rear Lateral Raise: In this variation, you bend over at the waist while either standing or sitting, allowing you to target the rear deltoids from a different angle.
  • Lying Rear Lateral Raise: This version is performed while lying face down on a bench, which can help isolate the rear deltoids and minimize the involvement of other muscles.
  • Incline Bench Rear Lateral Raise: For this variation, you lie face down on an inclined bench. This changes the angle of the exercise and can provide a deeper stretch and contraction in the rear deltoids.
  • Single-Arm Rear Lateral Raise: This variation is performed one arm at a time, which can help address any muscle imbalances and allows you to focus on the form and contraction of each individual side.

What are good complementing exercises for the Seated Rear Lateral Raise?

  • Face Pulls: This exercise strengthens the rear deltoids and upper back muscles, which complements the Seated Rear Lateral Raise by enhancing overall shoulder stability and balance, as well as improving the posture.
  • Bent Over Rows: This workout targets the latissimus dorsi and rhomboids in the back, which complement the Seated Rear Lateral Raise by providing support and stability to the shoulder girdle during the lift, and also helps to improve the overall strength and muscular balance in the upper body.

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