Vertical Shoulder Raise with Dumbbells

Muscles Worked: Shoulders, trapezius, biceps.

Starting Position: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Hold the dumbbells to your side with your palms facing away from the sides of your legs.

Action: Raise the dumbbells to the side with your palms up. Keep a slight bend in your arms throughout the movement. Stop once the weights are touching each other above your head. Your palms should be facing each other.

Return the dumbbells to the starting position.


1.     Exhale as your curl the weight up, inhale as you return the dumbbells to the starting position.

2.     Avoid leaning back during this exercise.

3.     Do not hold your breath during this exercise.