If you want to sport a cut look and have well-balanced arm strength, it’s important that you pay the upper shoulders adequate attention. When working out the deltoids, it’s best to start out with a small amount of weight and slowly move up. This is because it can be easy to injure the shoulder muscles through overworking. It’s also a good idea to start out by performing deltoid exercises in a seated position – this’ll provide your back with extra support and make it so you don’t have to expend too much energy focusing on your balance. If you’re ready to start adding some shape and definition to your shoulders, get started with this seated lateral raise exercise. All you’ll need are some dumbbells or heavy books.
Seated Lateral Raise
Start out sitting on the edge of a chair or straddling an exercise bench.
Your feet should be planted firmly on the ground. Your arms should be straight and down at your sides with dumbbells in each hand, palms facing in toward your legs.
Keeping your arms straight, bring them upward and outward as if you’re a bird opening its wings.
Bring your arms all the way up to shoulder level and hold in this position for one second. From a profile view, your arms should still be in the same plane as the rest of your upper body.
Slowly lower your arms back down to your starting position.
Repeat for 3 sets of twelve reps.
Because the muscles of your shoulders likely don’t receive this sort of isolated work very often, you’ll definitely start to feel the burn with this exercise. Once you’ve developed a degree of strength and control doing this exercise seated, you’ll be well prepared to move on to standing varieties.