Lateral raises work to isolate the smaller muscles in the shoulders for great shape and tone.

Lateral raises - IMAGE - Women's Health and Fitness magazine

How to

1. Stand up with your torso upright and a weight plate in each hand being held at arms length. The elbows should be close to the torso.

2. The palms of the hands should be facing your torso. Your feet should be about shoulder-width apart. This will be your starting position.

3. Keeping your arms straight and the torso stationary, lift the weights out to your sides until they are about shoulder level height while exhaling.

4. Feel the contraction for a second and begin to lower the weights back down to the starting position while inhaling.


Tip: Keep the palms facing down with the little finger slightly higher while lifting and lowering the weights, as it will concentrate the stress on your shoulders mainly.

Repeat this exercise for 12 reps and 3 sets.

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