Dumbbell shoulder exercises for CrossFit
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Dumbbell Shoulder Exercises to Target All Shoulder Muscles

Stronger shoulders will be beneficial for many CrossFit workouts, from overhead lifts to gymnastics movements.

  1. Dumbbell Shoulder Exercises – DUMBBELL LATERAL RAISE

This exercise targets the posterior deltoid and is the one athletes should start with, as this is typically the weakest of the shoulder muscles.

How difficult this exercise is can be altered based upon the loading, tempo, range of motion, and even slight angular differences in the sides. Variations include the bent-arm lateral raise and the seated rear lateral raise.

Dumbbell shoulder exercises

In a standing position with your legs hip-width apart, start with a dumbbell in each hand and your arms hanging on your sides. With your arms extended slowly raise the weight until you reach shoulder height, pause, then bring your arms back down slowly.

If an athlete isn’t able to perform this exercise without momentum whilst standing, they should take a seat.

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