Barbell Front Raise

Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Shoulder-width barbell front raise, standing barbell front raise
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Equipment: Barbell
  • Muscles Targeted: Shoulders, abs, traps
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 2-3, each of 8-10 reps
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: None

The barbell front raise is a common front raise variation used for developing broader shoulders. It involves similar pulling motion as the basic front raise, but you do it with a barbell. It can be included in your shoulder workout routine as a follow-up exercise after side lateral raise and overhead press.

Barbell Front Raise Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Shoulder-width barbell front raise, standing barbell front raise
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Equipment: Barbell
  • Muscles Targeted: Shoulders, abs, traps
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 2-3, each of 8-10 reps
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: None

How to do Barbell Front Raise

Start the exercise by loading lighter weight plates (about 40-50 lbs) on a straight bar. Grab the bar with an overhand (pronated), shoulder-width grip from your standing position. Let your arms hang down so that you hold the weight at your mid-thigh level, with your chest up and shoulders back. Initiate the movement by lifting the barbell in front of you. Keep your elbows neutral and elbows extended throughout the movement. Pause a second at the top of the motion before returning to the initial position.

Barbell Front Raise

Standing Barbell Front Raise Tips

  • Do not rely on your body’s momentum to raise the barbell slightly above your shoulders.
  • Avoid lifting the weight too high because it might cause an injury to your shoulder joints.

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