How to Do Dumbbell Incline L-Raise

Build strong  and healthy shoulders with Incline Dumbbell L-Raise. Dumbbell L-Raise is great exercise for restoring your shoulders’ health by strengthening all of the muscles around shoulders that help stabilize it.

Because of its restoration benefit, it’s suitable specially after a shoulder injury. Even if you don’t have shoulder injuries, this exercise may help prevent it, by strengthening your rotator cuff muscles to make it more stable and strong. A stronger and healthy shoulder means stronger upper body.

Not only this exercise is great for building strength in your shoulders, but it also works to sculpt and tone them as well.

Performing strengthening exercise such as this L Raise strengthens your whole shoulder girdle and builds the muscular endurance you need in your shoulders to prevent future injuries. 

How to perform an Incline Dumbbell L Raise?

  1. Set up an adjustable bench to a low incline. Hold two small dumbbells in each hand and lie facedown on the bench or an exercise ball. 
  2. Make sure to have your palms facing your legs and your arms hanging straight down from your shoulders. 
  3. Pull your shoulder blades back, bend your elbows and raise up your arms to the ceiling until your elbows form a 90 degree angle. 
  4. Rotate your forearms up without moving your elbows until they are aligned with your shoulders. Reverse the motion to return to the starting position. This counts as one rep. 

Benefits: You should feel your shoulders and upper back working

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This shoulder exercise is great for both strenghtening and sculpting your shoulders. Not that we are promising Michelle Oboma’s arms, but it can certainly tone them up. Add this stability shoulder exercise to your upper-body workout.

Misato Alexandre


After making healthy living a priority, Misato lost over 20 lbs in less than 90 days. Instead of weight loss being a dreading experience, living the lifestyle of health and fitness granted her more happiness and joy than ever before. She co-founded Fitwirr to make health and fitness simple for everyone and share her tips through writing evidence-based articles on nutrition, weight loss, and exercise.

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