Cable Front Shoulder Raise

Cable Front Shoulder Raise

The Cable Front Shoulder Raise is a dynamic exercise that primarily targets the front deltoids, also known as the anterior deltoids, which are the muscles responsible for lifting and raising your arms in front of your body. This exercise can help you build strength, stability, and definition in your shoulders, contributing to an overall balanced upper body appearance. To perform the Cable Front Shoulder Raise, you will need a cable machine with an appropriate weight stack and an attachment called a D-handle. Begin by standing tall with your feet shoulder-width apart, facing the cable machine. Adjust the pulley to the lowest position and attach the D-handle. Grip the handle with an overhand grip and position your hand near the center of the handle. Start with your arms fully extended, allowing the cable to pull your shoulders slightly forward. Avoid locking your elbows as this can strain the joint. With a slight bend in your elbows, engage your core and initiate the movement by raising your arms upward in front of your body. Keep your palms facing downwards throughout the exercise. As you lift the handle, focus on using your shoulder muscles to control the movement. Lift until your arms are parallel to the floor, or slightly higher if you can maintain proper form. Pause for a moment at the top of the movement and squeeze your shoulder muscles. Then, slowly lower the handle back to the starting position in a controlled manner, resisting the weight as it pulls your arms back down. It's important to maintain a neutral spine throughout the exercise, avoiding excessive leaning or arching of your back. Keep your shoulders relaxed and avoid shrugging them towards your ears. It's also crucial to choose an appropriate weight that challenges your muscles without compromising your form. The Cable Front Shoulder Raise can be a great addition to your shoulder workout routine, allowing you to target your front deltoids in a different way compared to traditional shoulder exercises. As with any exercise, it's important to perform it with proper form, control, and within your own fitness abilities.


  • Attach a D-handle to a low pulley cable machine and adjust the weight according to your fitness level.
  • Stand facing the cable machine with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent.
  • Hold the handle with an overhand grip and extend your arms straight down in front of your thighs.
  • Keep your back straight, engage your core, and maintain a slight bend in your elbows throughout the exercise.
  • Raise your arms forward and upward, leading with your elbows, until they are parallel to the floor. Your hands should be slightly higher than your shoulders.
  • Pause for a moment at the top of the movement, then slowly lower your arms back to the starting position.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
  • Remember to breathe steadily and maintain control throughout the exercise.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on maintaining proper form throughout the exercise to target the front deltoids effectively.
  • Increase the resistance gradually to challenge your muscles and promote strength gains.
  • Don't use momentum to lift the weight; lift it in a slow and controlled manner for maximum benefit.
  • As you lift the cable, imagine leading with your elbows to engage the front delts more efficiently.
  • Keep your core engaged and maintain a neutral spine position to avoid straining your back.
  • Remember to exhale as you lift the cable and inhale as you lower it to maintain proper breathing.
  • Perform the exercise in a controlled manner and avoid swinging or jerking movements.
  • Incorporate variety by using different grip positions, such as a pronated or neutral grip.
  • Increase the time under tension by performing a slower eccentric (lowering) phase of the movement.
  • Combine the cable front shoulder raise with other shoulder exercises for a well-rounded shoulder workout.


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