Front Plate Raise is a great exercise that you should add to your workout routine. It is hard targeting your shoulder muscles especially the front ones, but it also have some slightly effects on your abs muscles. It is increasing the strength in your shoulders, and gives them stability. No machine is needed for this exercise, and it can be easily done.
For beginning you will need a barbell plate placed right in front of you. Now, stand straight with your legs spread out at your shoulder width and pick up the barbell plate with both of your hands so that your palms should be facing each others. Now keep your arms fully extended just like on picture 1. That will be your starting position.
Whenever you are ready to start the exercise, start lifting the barbell plate right in front of you. In this exercise, the important thing is that you have to keep your arms extended all the time while you are lifting and lowering the barbell plate. Also don’t let your elbows to flex, and keep your body straight through the entire exercise. Now continue lifting the barbell plate until it gets to your shoulder level, just like on picture 2. That will be your ending position.
Once you hit the shoulder level, make a short pause, about 1-2 seconds. When the pause is over, slowly start lowering the barbell plate back to its starting position. The lifting on the barbell plate should be faster, than when you are lowering it. Make this exercise in 3 series at least, with around 10-12 reps per each of the series. Don’t make this exercise if you have lower back injuries. Make sure you don’t pick up overweight plate, because you don’t want any of your muscles to get hurt.
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