Dumbbell Incline Shoulder Raise

Dumbbell Incline Shoulder Raise

The Dumbbell Incline Shoulder Raise is a fantastic exercise that targets the shoulder muscles, particularly the front and side deltoids. As its name suggests, this exercise involves using dumbbells and an incline bench to challenge your shoulder muscles in a different angle than traditional shoulder exercises. By adjusting the incline bench to a moderate incline, you can effectively isolate and strengthen your delts, leading to capped shoulders and a more defined upper body. This exercise also engages your core muscles as they work to stabilize your body throughout the movement. The Dumbbell Incline Shoulder Raise is an excellent choice for individuals looking to increase shoulder strength and stability while sculpting the muscles in this area. It can be easily modified by adjusting the weight of the dumbbells or the angle of the bench, making it suitable for individuals of various fitness levels. Additionally, you can perform this exercise at home if you have access to dumbbells and an adjustable bench, making it a convenient option for those who prefer to workout in the comfort of their own space. Incorporating the Dumbbell Incline Shoulder Raise into your shoulder workout routine can help you develop well-rounded shoulder muscles and enhance your overall upper body strength. Remember to always use proper form and start with a weight that challenges you without compromising your technique.


  • Start by adjusting an incline bench to a comfortable angle (usually between 30-45 degrees).
  • Take a dumbbell in each hand and sit on the incline bench with your backrest supporting your upper back.
  • Place your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.
  • Hold the dumbbells at arm's length by your sides with your palms facing your body.
  • Keep your core engaged and maintain good posture throughout the exercise.
  • Next, exhale and slowly raise the dumbbells out to the sides, keeping your elbows slightly bent.
  • Continue lifting until your upper arms are parallel to the floor.
  • Hold the contraction momentarily, and then inhale as you lower the dumbbells back to the starting position.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
  • Remember to use a weight that challenges you but still allows you to maintain proper form.

Tips & Tricks

  • Use a weight that challenges you, but allows you to maintain proper form throughout the exercise.
  • Incorporate a full range of motion by raising the dumbbells up until your arms are parallel to the ground at the top of the movement.
  • Keep your core engaged and maintain a neutral spine throughout the exercise.
  • Focus on controlling the movement both on the way up and the way down, rather than using momentum.
  • Make sure to squeeze your shoulder muscles at the top of the movement for maximum contraction.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed and avoid shrugging them up towards your ears.
  • Breathe out as you lift the dumbbells and breathe in as you lower them back down.
  • Avoid using excessive swinging or cheating to lift the weights, as this can put strain on your joints.
  • With each repetition, maintain a steady and controlled tempo.
  • Give your muscles time to recover by resting for at least 48 hours before working the same muscle group again.


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