Primary muscles: Shoulders
Secondary muscles: Chest
Exercise for the opposite muscles: Dumbbell bent over row
Standing Y Raise Instructions
1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing your hips.
2. Raise the dumbbells above your head, with your palms facing each other, and form a Y with your body.
3. Lower the dumbbells to the starting position and repeat.
Proper Form And Breathing Pattern
Open your chest, face front and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Keep your arms straight and breathe out as you raise the dumbbells above your head. Move the dumbbells only with your shoulders, keep your body static, and don’t arch your back. Breathe in as you slowly return to the starting position.
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The standing dumbbell Y raise targets your shoulders and chest and helps to strengthen and tone your upper body. This exercise helps to improve posture, sculpts the shoulders, and lifts the breasts.
Standing Y Raise Demonstration
Sets And Reps
Choose a light set of dumbbells and start with 12 to 15 repetitions. For a complete back and chest workout, pair the dumbbell Y raise with regular push ups and the bent over row exercise.
To calculate the number of calories burned doing the dumbbell Y raise, enter your weight and the duration of the exercise:
Related Upper Body Exercises
Try these other upper body exercises to tone, tighten and sculpt your triceps, biceps, chest, upper back and shoulders:
Bent over front back punch
Dumbbell shoulder to shoulder press
Standing cross chest curl
Stability ball chest press
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