Lateral raise (theraband)

Lateral raise (theraband)

What you should feel?? When performed correctly, you will feel the muscles on the side of your shoulders working. Depending on your level of conditioning you may feel quite a lot of burning and fatigue in the muscles, and possibly even into the muscles of the neck. this is ok however try and direct most of the force onto the shoulder muscles. you should not feel any pain in the shoulder joint.


  • Place the theraband under your foot and hold the opposite end with your hand
  • Keeping the elbow straight, raise the arm up to your side, just above shoulder height
  • Lower back down to the starting position in a controlled manner
  • Keep your wrist in a neutral position the whole way through
  • and continue until you have finished the set

Main muscles targeted:

  • Deltoids
  • Trapezius

Main benefits:

Lateral raises are the cornerstone of strong shoulders and the ability to lift things in this way in your daily activities. Although we may not lift in this exact pattern every day, much of the movement arc is used in every day tasks like lifting shopping bags and putting things in cupboards beside you. If you have insufficient strength in these shoulder muscles, it can lead to unnecessary injury of the rotator cuff and shoulder joint.