- Stand on platform facing lateral raise machine. Bend knees
and bend over at hips with back flat close to horizontal. With
arms straight or slightly bent, grasp lever handles with each
- Maintaining torso position, raise handles to sides until
upper arm is shoulder height. Lower and repeat.
- Platform height should allow pivot point of shoulders to
be aligned with lever fulcrum. Upper arm should travel in perpendicular
path to torso to minimize relatively powerful latissimus
dorsi involvement. At top of movement, elbows (not necessarily
dumbbells) should be directly lateral to shoulders since elbows
are slightly bent forward. To exercise posterior deltoid and
not lateral deltoid, keep torso close to horizontal. Positioning
torso at 45° is not sufficient angle to target rear deltoids.
Knees are bent in effort to keep low back straight (See Hamstring
Inflexibility). Apparatus was originally designed to be used
Arm Kneeling Lateral Raise. Also see Rear