Barbell Front Raise

  1. Stand tall with an overhand grip on the barbell. Raise your arms until your fists are around eye level.
  2. Return to the start under control. This exercise is prone to using momentum when you begin to fatigue.
Difficulty Intermediate

Barbell Front Raise: A Comprehensive Guide


  • Begin by selecting a weight that is suitable for your level of strength and experience
  • Place the barbell on the ground in front of you, with the weight plates on either side of the bar
  • Grasp the barbell with a pronated grip, meaning your palms are facing down, and your hands are spaced roughly shoulder-width apart
  • Position yourself so that the barbell is resting on your thighs, and your knees are slightly bent

How to Perform

  • Lift the barbell up towards your chest, using your arms, and keeping your torso stationary
  • Pause briefly at the top of the movement, and then lower the barbell back down to the starting position in a controlled manner
  • Repeat the exercise for the desired number of repetitions, typically between 8-12 reps for each set


  • Make sure to keep your elbows slightly bent throughout the exercise, and avoid locking them out at the top of the movement
  • Keep your chest lifted and your shoulder blades pulled back, engaging your shoulder and upper back muscles
  • Exhale as you lift the barbell up, and inhale as you lower it back down
  • Keep your movements slow and controlled, focusing on proper form and technique, rather than lifting as much weight as possible

Things to Avoid

  • Avoid using momentum or swinging the weight, as this can lead to injury and decreased effectiveness of the exercise
  • Avoid over-extending your shoulders or lifting the barbell too high, which can cause strain on the shoulder joint
  • Avoid lifting the barbell too quickly or using too heavy of a weight, as this can result in poor form and decreased results
  • Avoid holding the barbell with a narrow grip, as this can put unnecessary stress on your wrist joints