This exercise will make your shoulders bigger (and your waist look smaller).
The lateral raise is one of the best exercises for targeting your middle deltoids—the muscles responsible for making your shoulders look wider.
But Men’s Health Fitness Director, BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S., wants you to consider using an elastic band rather than a dumbbell for your lateral raises.
The band creates more tension at the top of the rep, making this variation even more effective, Gaddour says.
“We’re really frying that middle delt, which adds the width we’re talking about,” he says.
Plus, it’s easier on your shoulder joints, making it a great option for guys with shoulder issues. And of course, using a band means you can take the exercise anywhere.
Aim for two to three sets of 15 to 20 reps or work periods of 30 to 60 seconds, Gaddour says.
By Men’s Health