How to Do Cable Lateral Raise: Muscles Worked & Proper Form

Cable Lateral Raise exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Cable Lateral Raises

Muscles worked in cable lateral raise

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Do Cable Lateral Raises

  1. Grip a handle connected to the lower position on a cable pulley. Stand close to the pulley, with the arm holding the handle facing away from the machine.
  2. With control, lift the handle outwards to your sides, until your upper arm is horizontal.
  3. Lower the handle with control.
  4. Repeat for reps.


This is an exercise where it is easy to pick a weight that is too heavy. Rather err on the lighter side, and strive for a strict form where you focus on getting good contact with your delts.

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