Preseason Strength Training: Dumbbell Side Raise


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Stand in the ready position, with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent. Pulling your shoulder blades back and down and keeping your head in neutral, bend your arms so that your lower arms are at a 90-degree angle to your upper arm. Bend forward at the hips (sticking your butt out) until your upper body is at a 120-degree angle to the floor. Using the deltoids, pull the weights up and back, keeping your shoulder joint, elbows and wrists in the same plane throughout the range of motion. (A common mistake is for the elbows to come up first, making you look like a chicken flapping its wings.) When your arms are as far back as they can go, hold for a second and then slowly release to the starting position.