Stand on platform facing lateral raise machine. Bend knees and bend over at hips with back flat close to horizontal. With elbows bent under shoulders, position back of upper arms against arm pads.
Maintaining torso position, raise upper arms to sides until elbows are 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. At lower portion of exercise, keep elbows pointed outward below shoulders. At upper portion of exercise, keep elbows pointed outward to sides of shoulders. Knees are bent in effort to keep low back straight (See Hamstring Inflexibility).