Side Dumbbell Raises

Beginner Level of Difficulty

Side dumbell raises are a basic shoulder exercise that builds the muscle on the top of the shoulder cap.


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.

Picture of Obliques


Many people put a lot of focus on working their abs but forget their surrounding neighbors; the oblique muscles. Obliques serve as stabilizers, and are used in almost every physical activity. Exercising your obliques should be a very important part of your workout program.

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.

Exercise Instructions

side dumbbell raises - step 1

Step 1

Stand straight good posture. Rest the dumbells at your side.

side dumbbell raises - step 2

Step 2

Raise the dumbbells to shoulder level and pause.

side dumbbell raises - step 3

Step 3

Lower the dumbbells back to the starting position and repeat.