Barbell Front Raise

Exercise Summary
Primary Muscle(s) Shoulders
Secondary Muscle(s)
Equipment Barbell
Emphasis Isolation
Type Pull

Barbell Front Raise Instructions

  • Assume a strong lifting position: core and glutes activated, shoulders pinned back, chest up, knees slightly flexed, and eyes fixed ahead.
  • Grip the barbell with a pronated hand position at shoulder-width.
  • Using your delts, slowly raise the bar up to shoulder height while keeping your arms extended and elbows slightly bent.
    • Your arms are a lever for your delts. Don't use momentum or other musculature to complete the exercise.
    • Don't shrug your shoulders, keep your strong posture. 
  • After a quick pause, lower the barbell in a controlled fashion.
    • Don't drop the bar from the top.


  • Refrain from raising the bar above shoulder height.
  • Focus on activating your delts to control the bar path.
  • Don't pull the weight vertically like an upright row.
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