Machine Lateral Raise

Exercise / Shoulders

Machine Lateral Raise overview

The Machine Lateral Raise is an effective isolation exercise designed to target the lateral deltoids, contributing to broader and more defined shoulders. This movement helps enhance shoulder strength, symmetry, and overall shoulder aesthetics. Explore the specifications, step-by-step instructions, and variations to optimize the benefits of the Machine Lateral Raise in your strength training routine.

The Machine Lateral Raise primarily targets the lateral deltoids, emphasizing the middle portion of the shoulder.

Machine Lateral Raise how to perform

  • Step 1: Adjust the machine to align the handles or pads with your shoulders.
  • Step 2: Sit or stand at the machine, ensuring that your feet are flat on the floor and your back is supported.
  • Step 3: Grasp the handles or place your arms on the pads with a neutral grip.
  • Step 4: Keep a slight bend in your elbows and maintain a neutral spine.
  • Step 5: Lift both arms laterally to the sides, reaching shoulder height or slightly below.
  • Step 6: Squeeze your lateral deltoids at the top of the movement.
  • Step 7: Lower the handles or arms back to the starting position with control.


Perform each repetition with controlled movements, focusing on the contraction of the lateral 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

  • Keep a slight bend in your elbows to reduce stress on the joints.
  • Avoid using excessive body momentum; let your shoulder muscles do the work.
  • Engage your core muscles for stability throughout the movement.
  • Control the speed of the exercise to maximize muscle engagement.


  1. Single-Arm Machine Lateral Raise: Perform the exercise one arm at a time for increased focus and balance.
  2. Partial Range of Motion: Focus on the top half or bottom half of the movement to create variation.
  3. Paused Reps: Introduce a brief pause at the top of each repetition for increased time under tension.
  4. Reverse Grip Machine Lateral Raise: Perform the exercise with a reverse (palms facing down) grip for a different angle of engagement.