Cable Lateral Raise

Cable Lateral Raise


This exercise involves standing with a cable machine at your side and raising your arm out to the side, keeping your elbow slightly bent. It targets the lateral deltoid muscles in your shoulders.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Cable Lateral Raise Instructions

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold a dumbbell in each hand.
  2. Extend your arms out to the sides, parallel to the floor, with your palms facing down.
  3. Keeping your arms straight, lift the weights up and out to the sides until they reach shoulder height.
  4. Pause for a moment at the top of the movement, then slowly lower the weights back down to the starting position.
  5. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Cable Lateral Raise Form & Visual

Cable Lateral Raise

Cable Lateral Raise Benefits

  • Targets the lateral deltoid muscle, which is responsible for shoulder abduction and helps create a wider shoulder appearance
  • Allows for a greater range of motion compared to dumbbell lateral raises
  • Provides constant tension on the muscle throughout the movement, leading to greater muscle activation and potential growth
  • Can be easily adjusted to target different areas of the lateral deltoid by changing the angle of the cable or the height of the pulley
  • Engages the core muscles for stability and balance during the exercise

Cable Lateral Raise Muscles Worked

  • Deltoid (middle and anterior heads)
  • Trapezius (upper fibers)
  • Supraspinatus

Cable Lateral Raise Variations & Alternatives

  • Single Arm Cable Lateral Raise
  • Low Cable Lateral Raise
  • High Cable Lateral Raise
  • Reverse Cable Lateral Raise
  • Standing Cable Lateral Raise
  • Seated Cable Lateral Raise