The standing barbell front raise is isolated movement for shoulders. It works mainly the front head of the deltoid muscle and a little bit of the side head. Performed with a good technique and appropriate weight is a great choice for developing the size of the front head of the shoulders.
Grasp a barbell with an overhand grip (palms looking backward) hands at shoulder width and stand upright with the barbell at 20cm in front of your body. To ensure stable position during the movement slightly bend your knees, pull your pelvis backward and straighten your back. Keep your elbows slightly bended. This is the starting position.
Inhale and start to lift the bar upward until he stands parallel to the floor. At this moment hold the contraction for a second and flex your deltoid muscles as you exhale. Lower the barbell back to the starting position as you control the weight. Begin the next repetition.
- Keep your torso stationary during the movement and avoid swinging movements.
- Don’t go too heavy, the front deltoid is a little muscle and you don’t need enormous amount of weights. Use weight that is challenging but you still have a good form.
- Experiment with different variations of the exercise – use cables and dumbbells to achieve maximum development in the front deltoid.