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Dumbbell Incline Front Raise

Dumbbell Incline Front Raise

The dumbbell incline front raise is a fantastic exercise that targets the muscles of your shoulders, particularly the anterior deltoids. By using an incline bench, this exercise adds an extra challenge and emphasis to your front delts, helping to build and strengthen this often neglected area. To perform the dumbbell incline front raise, you will need an incline bench set to a moderate angle, and a pair of dumbbells. Begin by sitting on the bench with your feet firmly planted on the ground, and dumbbells resting on your thighs. Your palms should be facing downwards, gripping the dumbbells with a neutral grip. With a slight bend in your elbows, lift the dumbbells forward and upward, stopping when your arms are parallel to the ground. Focus on maintaining control and a slow and controlled movement throughout the exercise. Remember to engage your shoulder muscles and avoid using momentum to lift the weights. Performing the dumbbell incline front raise regularly can help improve your shoulder strength, stability, and posture. Additionally, it can contribute to an overall balanced physique, as well-defined shoulders can enhance the appearance of your upper body. However, it's important to start with light weights and gradually increase the load as you become more comfortable and stronger. Incorporate the dumbbell incline front raise into your upper body routine to add variety and effectively target your shoulder muscles. As always, pay attention to proper form and listen to your body. If you experience any pain or discomfort, modify the exercise or seek guidance from a fitness professional. Get ready to sculpt your shoulders and feel the burn with the dumbbell incline front raise!


  • Start by setting an adjustable bench at a 30-45 degree incline.
  • Grab a pair of dumbbells with a pronated (overhand) grip and sit back on the incline bench.
  • Plant your feet firmly on the ground and position the dumbbells just above your thighs.
  • Keep a slight bend in your elbows and maintain good posture with your chest up and shoulders back.
  • Brace your core and slowly lift the dumbbells in front of you until your arms are parallel to the ground.
  • Hold the top position for a brief pause and squeeze your shoulders.
  • Control the descent and lower the dumbbells back to the starting position.
  • Repeat for the recommended number of repetitions.
  • Remember to use a weight that challenges you but still allows for proper form and technique.
  • Focus on engaging your shoulder muscles throughout the exercise.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on maintaining a slow and controlled movement throughout the exercise.
  • Engage your core and keep your back straight to avoid any strain or injury.
  • Start with light dumbbells and gradually increase the weight as you progress.
  • Ensure your elbows are slightly bent throughout the movement to activate the targeted muscles.
  • Avoid using momentum and rely on the strength of your shoulders and arms to lift the dumbbells.
  • Breathe out as you lift the dumbbells and inhale as you lower them to maximize oxygen intake.
  • Perform the exercise in a mirrored area to check your form and correct any imbalances.
  • Include this exercise in your shoulder workout routine at least twice a week for optimal results.
  • Don't rush the exercise; focus on the mind-muscle connection and feel the muscles working.
  • If you feel any pain or discomfort, stop the exercise and consult with a fitness professional.


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