Cable Lateral Raise

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

Cable Lateral Raise Instructions

  • Set both pulley attachments to the lowest notch.
  • Grab the left handle with your right hand and the right handle with your left hand.
  • Stand in the middle of the two attachment points.
  • 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.
  • Raise (abduct) your arms out in a semicircular motion with your elbows slightly flexed.
    • The mind-muscle connection is on the delts controlling the weight.
    • Don't shrug or pull the weight up with your elbows.
  • Bring the handles to about shoulder height, pause briefly, then lower back down.
    • Don't raise above your shoulders. 
  • Maintain tension on the cables throughout the full range of motion.


  • Keep tension on the delts from start to finish. No momentum or lower body action used to lift the weight.
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