Seated Dumbbell Lateral Raise

Beginner Level of Difficulty

The seated dumbbell lateral raise is a beginner level upper body exercise that targets the shoulders.


Picture of Shoulders


The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body. However, it is an unstable joint because of the range of motion allowed. This instability increases the likelihood of joint injury, often leading to a degenerative process in which tissues break down and no longer function well.

Equipment Used

Picture of Dumbbells


The dumbbell, a type of free weight, is a piece of equipment used in weight training. It can be used individually or in pairs (one for each hand). Dumbbells vary in weight from 3lbs. up to 150lbs.

Picture of Bench


A weight training bench is a piece of equipment that has a resemblance to a normal (e.g. park) bench, but is cushioned and designed for use in the weight room.

Exercise Instructions

seated dumbbell lateral raise  - step 1

Step 1

Start in a seated position on the bench while holding a pair of dumbbells in each hand.

seated dumbbell lateral raise  - step 2

Step 2

Keep your back straight and chest proud as you raise the dumbbells to shoulder height.

seated dumbbell lateral raise  - step 3

Step 3

Lower the dumbbells back down to your sides with full control.