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Lateral Raise (Training with Free Weights)

Lateral Raise strengthens the muscles on your shoulders, especially the deltoids. It can be performed while standing or sitting. When performing this exercise, do not lean back and remember to initiate the movement from your shoulders, not from your hands. In addition, remember to inhale at the start of the exercise and exhale at the end. For best results, maintain proper posture throughout your workout.

To prepare your muscles and reduce the risk of injury, make sure to do some warm-up exercises before doing the Lateral Raise, or any type of exercise for that matter. Learn how to do the Lateral Raise in this section:

STEP 1: Stand, with legs slightly bent, feet hip-width apart, and your palms facing each other.
STEP 2: Straighten both arms out to your sides at shoulder level. Return to the starting position.

The number of repetitions (reps) and sets you should do will depend on both your strength and skill level. It is important to use weight that is heavy enough to perform the desired number of reps and sets for your skill level while using good form. Try to increase the weight you lift by 5 – 10% as you increase your Fitness level. Depending on your Fitness goals, you may maintain certain weight and reps rather than increase them to build more strength or muscle.

Whether you prefer working with Free Weights, Weights on Gym Machines or just with your own body weight, the important thing to do is to start realistically and keep at it – at all costs.

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