Dumbbell Diagonal Raise

The dumbbell diagonal raise is an isolation exercise that strengthens the entire shoulder region. The diagonal motion of the dumbbell will target the rotator cuff to improve shoulder stability.


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    Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart. Hold a dumbbell in one hand in front of your opposite side hip. Your palm should be facing inward towards your body.
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    Raise the dumbbell across your body and out to the side. Pause with your hand slightly higher than shoulder height. Return your arm to the starting position.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Avoid using momentum to move through the exercise. Focus on moving in a slow and controlled fashion with each rep.
  • Be certain to raise the dumbbell in a diagonal fashion across your body.
  • Keep tension on your shoulder at all times.