The Top 7 Biggest Lateral-Raise Mistakes


To mention in a various ways you might go wrong doing lateral raises for your middle delts. This blog topic by CRB Tech Reviews, share the top 7 mistakes.

When you were a child, you must have a wish list for Santa. Now that you’re a man, your list includes new things like bigger pecs, an inch on your arms, or wider shoulder caps.

Bigger delts are topmost on every trainer’s list because they create an illusion of a smaller waist, improve the visual delineation from the upper arm, and add the kind of cap portrays that you’re a serious lifter.

Like other lifters, you must have started your shoulder workout with overhead presses. That works. But adding lateral-raise movements is the best way to help the middle delts in the lateral plane.

The lateral raise is popular. So also the blowing the technique, often in several ways. Here are 7 ways to screw up the most common variation.

Mistake 1: Changing Your Elbow Bend During the Movement

Elbow Bend During the Movement

To do a lateral raise, you must create a very slight bend in your elbows, next maintain that same degree of bend throughout the set. The angle in your elbows at both the bottom of the rep should be the same it is at the top.

If you start opening and closing at the elbows, you’re bringing the triceps into the calculation, undermining the middle-delt isolation you’re trying to attain. As you raise the weights, they should follow more of an arc than a straight line. Watch carefully as you do this move; this mistake isn’t hard to correct if you’re trying attention.

Mistake 2: Lowering The Weight Too Much

Weight Too Much

The best way to build target muscles is to maintain tension on the middle delt throughout each rep. If you bring your hand all the way down so that it’s hanging by your side or in front of your thigh, you’re not putting any tension on your delt.

What’s more, when you start lifting from this fully extended position, the rotator-cuff muscle initiates the movement before the middle delt does. That says that the first few degrees of your lift aren’t working your target muscles.

Your best bet is to stop the movement with your hand several inches from your side.

Mistake 3: Dropping Your Elbows

Dropping Your Elbows

A common mistake among starters is to wave the weights up and down without raising their elbows out to their sides. Hence, the upper arms don’t go through much of a range of motion, which can kill your middle-delt gains.

When your elbows don’t move much, you essentially lower the benefits of the middle-delt movement.

Mistake 4: Stop the Motion at Shoulder Height

People often does lateral raises to about shoulder height, even though the middle delt’s range of motion extends further overhead. By stretching to about 45 degrees above parallel, you can attain a bit more contraction out of your middle delts.

When you extend your range of motion above your shoulders, you’ll probably have to back off on weight.

If you have shoulder pain, you should not lift above your shoulders.

Mistake 5: You Lock Your Arms Such That They’re Completely Extended

At times, you’ll see someone doing lateral raises with their arms locked out to full extension. It appears like the person is trying to form the letter T. Whatever exercise you’re doing, it’s not a good idea to lock out a joint.

Mistake 6: To Lock an L-Bend in Your Elbows

 L-Bend in Your Elbows


It is a common fallacy that you can lift more weight in a lateral raise if you put a big bend in your elbows instead of a slight bend. Yes, you can add more weight, and, yes, your upper arm will go through the same range of motion. But…

The “lever arm” concept in physics essentially means that the further away from your body a weight is, the harder that weight is to lift.

Mistake 7: Never Call Them “Medial” Delts

Often we hear people to refer to their “medial” delts. No word such exists. The correct word is “middle” delts.

We conclude now.

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