Barbell Incline Shoulder Raise

Barbell Incline Shoulder Raise


This exercise involves lying on an incline bench and lifting a barbell from shoulder height to above the head, targeting the shoulder muscles. It is a compound exercise that can help improve shoulder strength and stability.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Barbell Incline Shoulder Raise Instructions

  1. Start by lying on an incline bench with your feet flat on the ground and your back firmly against the bench.
  2. Grasp the barbell with an overhand grip, hands shoulder-width apart.
  3. Slowly raise the barbell up towards the ceiling, keeping your arms straight and your elbows slightly bent.
  4. Pause at the top of the movement, then slowly lower the barbell back down to the starting position.
  5. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Barbell Incline Shoulder Raise Form & Visual

Barbell Incline Shoulder Raise

Barbell Incline Shoulder Raise Benefits

  • Targets the anterior (front) deltoids, which are responsible for shoulder flexion and horizontal shoulder adduction
  • Improves shoulder strength and stability
  • Can help prevent shoulder injuries by strengthening the muscles that support the joint
  • Engages the trapezius and serratus anterior muscles, which assist in shoulder movement and stability
  • Can be modified to target different areas of the shoulder by adjusting the angle of the bench

Barbell Incline Shoulder Raise Muscles Worked

  • Anterior deltoid
  • Upper pectoralis major
  • Triceps brachii
  • Serratus anterior

Barbell Incline Shoulder Raise Variations & Alternatives

  • Dumbbell Incline Shoulder Raise
  • Machine Incline Shoulder Raise
  • Cable Incline Shoulder Raise
  • Resistance Band Incline Shoulder Raise
  • Plate Incline Shoulder Raise