Exercise of the Week: Banded DB Front Raise

The Banded DB Front Raise is a great way to increase shoulder stability while turning an old exercise into a new super intense version of the original.  The key is to keep pushing your hands apart during the duration of the exercise.  This will activate the muscles surrounding the shoulder cuff.  I use a slightly larger resistance band (XL) that allows to me achieve the distance apart that I want.  A smaller one will still work, it will just keep your arms more directly out in front than my arms in the video.   (You can find the bands here at performbetter.com)

There is a lot to focus on with this exercise.  With the band the intensity of the exercise will increase drastically, so do not even think about using your normal front raise weight.  Along with maintaining proper form, especially not arching through the lower back will be more challenging, you will need to focus as well on maintaining shoulder stability (not allowing the shoulders to shrug up as your arms raise) and keeping the band as wide as possible (this will be the hardest and probably take the most attention and correction, so make sure your form is spot on everywhere else like its a bad habit)

I use this more as a shoulder stabilizer, so time under tension is more my concern than heavy weight.  Shoot for 12 – 15 reps.

 

 

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Kevin Fulton

Kevin Fulton is personal trainer in Pittsburgh, PA. His goal is to help his clients look, feel, and move better. In his spare time you can find him under a barbell or practicing jiu jitsu.

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