Cable Front Raise

Exercise Summary
Primary Muscle(s) Shoulders
Secondary Muscle(s) None
Equipment Cable
Emphasis Isolation
Type Pull

Cable Front Raise Instructions

  • Have access to either a straight bar or two free handles attached to a cable machine.
  • The pulley must be set on the lowest possible setting.
  • Face away from the machine and stand grabbing the handles/bar with palms down.
    • The cable will be coming through your legs.
  • Feet positioned in an athletic stance slightly outside shoulder-width. Your knees are slightly bent and toes pointed straight ahead. 
  • Your core is braced and engaged with your shoulders pinned back. 
  • Using your delts, raise the handles/bar up slowly to shoulder height with your arms 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 brief pause, slowly lower to the starting position.


  • Use a lighter weight for this exercise as the focus of it is really on isolating the delts.
  • Don't shortcut the exercise, perform through a full range-of-motion.
  • Don't pull the weight vertically like an upright row.
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