Hi, I'm Michael Carson here to discuss with you what muscles are used when doing a lateral deltoid raise. Now you are using mostly the medial deltoid, the very center, that meaty part of the shoulder where you see that little cap that comes out when those basketball players are out there on the field. That muscle is so important to keep your shoulders strong and stable but we're also working our traps. We're working our upper traps, our mid and lower traps to support this activity as well as all of our core muscles. So you want to make sure with a lateral raise that if you are going to use a heavy weight, you are going to have your arms at a right angle and gently lift up so your wrist and elbows are at the same pace. You don't want your elbows or wrists to get ahead of each other or if you are going to go with a longer arm with a lighter weight because your arms are farther from the core, you're going to bring it nice and slowly, leading with your elbows, not with your hands, that way you are really focusing on the shoulder and not putting pressure into the elbow joint. So there you have it, lateral dumbbell raises, work the medial deltoid, and they really make your shoulder stable.