For most people, the conventional lateral raise doesn’t provide enough stimulation, because you don’t experience much tension on the delt until your arm is halfway up. The leaning lateral changes the angle so that your delts work even in the bottom position, making the lift more challenging and more effective when you’re looking to sculpt rounder shoulders.

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1. Hold a light dumbbell in one hand and grasp a sturdy object for support with the other. Lean your body away from the object so your support arm extends and your body makes an angle with the floor.

2. Raise the dumbbell up and out 90 degrees so it’s parallel to the floor.

TIP: Changing your torso angle can improve muscle activation on lateral raises, curls, and lying triceps extensions.