Shoulder Raises - Resistance Band

Upper Body Resistance Band Exercises Video Series

The resistance band shoulder raises is the next exercise in this fitness video series.

This is another exercise for the shoulder muscles. It is similar to the reverse fly but instead of bringing the arms out to the side you will bring them out in front of your body.

This particular workout is an isolation move which isolates shoulder flexion.

The primary target is the anterior deltoid with help from the biceps, serratus anterior and parts of the pectoral muscles.

The deltoid is a triangular muscle that is located on the uppermost part of the arm and the rounded portion of the shoulder.

The should has three heads (the front, middle and rear deltoids). This exercise targets the front deltoid but does engage the other shoulder areas as well.

As with many resistance band exercises, you can perform this with both arms at the same time or alternate with one arm at a time.

For this one, less tension in the resistance bands might be necessary in order to complete the needed repetitions.

Exercise #5 - Front Shoulder Raises

The step by step instructions below are for the front raises. If after a few reps it becomes too difficult, use a band with less resistance.
  1. Place the resistance band under both feet with legs shoulder width apart.
  2. Grab the band at both ends and place your arms next to you and slightly in front of the body.
  3. Slowly lift both arms straight out in front of you keeping elbows slightly bent. Lift to about shoulder height. As an alternative, you can lift one arm at a time and alternate each arm.
  4. Slowly return to starting position.
  5. Repeat for 6 to 16 repetitions.
Tips: Combine this exercise with the reverse fly to work all areas of the shoulder during your upper body workout.

Watch the video below to ensure you are doing the this move correctly. 

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