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The Kettle Bell Lateral Raise is an upper body exercise that primarily targets the deltoids but also works the traps. This is an isolation exercise which is well suited to beginner lifters.




  • Pick up a kettle bell and hold it by your side with your arm straight and palm facing in.
  • Lift the kettle bell directly out to the side, keeping a slight bend in your elbow, until your arm is parallel with the floor.
  • Keep your body upright and avoid using momentum to bring the kettle bell up. From the top position slowly lower the kettle bell back down to your side.
  • Lead with your elbow – your hand should remain below your elbow throughout the exercise.

Shoulder Muscle Diagram.

Shoulder Muscles