Side Arm Raise
The side arm raise (lateral raise) is a shoulder strengthening movement designed to isolate the lateral head of the deltoid muscle. Also side arm raise is a kind of dynamic warm up. If you add this exercise to the beginning of your training program, it will warm up your shoulder muscles. It is especially effective for preventing injuries and preparing your body for training before shoulder training. If you want to take the movement to the next level and strengthen your shoulder muscles, you can do it with a dumbbell or resistance band.
How to do:
- Stand with your arms at your sides.
- Keep your back and arms straight.
- Raise your arms to your sides at shoulder height.
- Exhale as you raise your arms, and inhale as you lower them.
- Return and repeat.
Side Arm Raise Benefits
Increased blood flow: Performing bodyweight side arm raises helps increase blood flow to the shoulder muscles, preparing them for the upcoming workout. This increased blood flow delivers oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, promoting optimal functioning and reducing the risk of injury.
Activation of the shoulder muscles: Bodyweight side arm raises specifically target the lateral deltoids, helping to activate and engage these muscles. This activation prepares the shoulders for the exercises that will follow in your workout routine, ensuring that they are properly warmed up and ready for action.
Improved range of motion: The controlled movement of side arm raises helps to improve the range of motion in your shoulder joints. This increased mobility is important for performing exercises that require a wide range of shoulder movements, such as overhead presses or pull-ups.
Warm-up for the rotator cuff muscles: The side arm raise movement engages the rotator cuff muscles, which play a crucial role in stabilizing the shoulder joint. By warming up these muscles, you can help prevent injuries and promote better shoulder stability during your workout.