SETUP: Load a dumbbell in each hand and keep them down by each thigh. Stand up straight, pinning your shoulders back with your chest puffed out (like Superman).
LIFT: Raise the dumbbells out to each side until your elbows reach shoulder level, then lower them.
TIP: Avoid swinging. It usually means the weight is too heavy for you at this time. Also, fitness magazines claim you should “pour pitchers” at the top of a lateral raise by turning your hands so that your pinkies are higher than your other fingers… this is nonsense! This would be internal rotation, which leads to impingement. Protect your shoulders!