Barbell Front Raise

Exercise / Shoulders

Barbell Front Raise overview

The Barbell Front Raise is an isolation exercise that primarily targets the front deltoids, helping to enhance shoulder definition and strength. This movement is effective for isolating the anterior part of the shoulder muscles. Explore the specifications, step-by-step instructions, and variations to optimize the benefits of the Barbell Front Raise in your strength training routine.

The Barbell Front Raise primarily targets the front deltoids.

Barbell Front Raise how to perform

  • Step 1: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a barbell with an overhand grip. Your hands should be placed slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  • Step 2: Allow the barbell to hang in front of your thighs with your arms fully extended.
  • Step 3: Keep your core engaged, chest up, and maintain a neutral spine.
  • Step 4: Lift the barbell straight in front of you, leading with your arms and keeping them extended.
  • Step 5: Lift until your arms are parallel to the ground or slightly above shoulder height.
  • Step 6: Lower the barbell back down to the starting position with control.


Perform each repetition with controlled movements, focusing on the engagement of the front deltoids.

Starting position

Final position

CAUTION: Rember to consult with a fitness professional or healthcare provider before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any pre-existing conditions.

Exercise Tips

  • Use a weight that allows you to maintain proper form and control throughout the movement.
  • Keep a slight bend in your elbows to avoid unnecessary stress on the joints.
  • Control the descent of the barbell to maximize muscle engagement.
  • Avoid using momentum; lift the barbell using controlled strength.


  1. Dumbbell Front Raise: Perform the exercise using dumbbells for individual arm engagement.
  2. Plate Front Raise: Hold a weight plate instead of a barbell for a different grip and muscle activation.
  3. Cable Front Raise: Utilize a cable machine for constant tension throughout the movement.
  4. Alternating Front Raise: Raise one arm at a time to focus on each front deltoid separately.