Lateral Shoulder Raise with Kettlebell

Lateral Shoulder Raises with Kettlebells

Performing lateral shoulder raises with kettlebells is a great exercise to target the lateral (side) muscles of the shoulders. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it correctly:

Video Instructions On How To Do Lateral Shoulder Raises with Kettlebells

Equipment Needed:

  1. Kettlebells of appropriate weight for your fitness level.


  1. Select the Right Kettlebell Weight:
    • Choose a kettlebell weight that challenges your shoulder muscles but allows you to maintain proper form throughout the exercise. It’s better to start with a lighter weight and gradually increase as needed.
  2. Setup:
    • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Hold a kettlebell in each hand, with your arms fully extended down by your sides. Ensure that your palms are facing your body (pronated grip).
  3. Body Position:
    • Keep your back straight, chest up, and maintain a slight bend in your knees. Engage your core for stability throughout the exercise.
  4. Execution:
    • Lift the kettlebells out to the sides in a controlled motion, keeping your arms straight or slightly bent at the elbows. The movement should come from your shoulders, not your lower back or hips.
    • Raise your arms until they are parallel to the ground or slightly below shoulder level. Your body should form a “T” shape at the top of the movement.
  5. Hold and Squeeze:
    • Pause for a moment at the top of the movement, focusing on squeezing your shoulder muscles. This helps to maximize the effectiveness of the exercise.
  6. Lower with Control:
    • Lower the kettlebells back down to the starting position in a slow and controlled manner. Avoid letting the weights swing or using momentum to lift them.
  7. Repeat:
    • Perform the desired number of repetitions for your workout. Beginners may start with 8-12 repetitions per set, while more advanced individuals might aim for higher rep ranges.
  8. Breathing:
    • Inhale as you lower the kettlebells and exhale as you lift them. Maintain a steady and controlled breathing pattern throughout the exercise.
  9. Form Tips:
    • Avoid shrugging your shoulders; keep them relaxed and away from your ears.
    • Do not swing the weights or use momentum to lift them. Focus on controlled, deliberate movements.
  10. Safety Considerations:
    • If you experience any pain, especially in the shoulder joints, stop the exercise and reassess your form or reduce the weight.
    • Consult with a fitness professional or healthcare provider if you have any pre-existing shoulder conditions or injuries.

Remember to warm up before starting your workout and cool down afterward to prevent injury and promote flexibility. If you’re unsure about your form or technique, consider seeking guidance from a fitness professional.