Unilateral Lateral Raises on Ball

by Anthony Carey, MA

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Unilateral lateral dumbbell raises are an exercise for the shoulder girdle. Anna will raise her arm purely in the frontal plane but she's will do it unilaterally, which increases the torque on the rest of the body and should be reflected on the stability ball. If Anna doesn't have good stabilization through her hips and her core, we'll see big shifts on the ball side to side. So she's raising her arm directly in the frontal plane with pretty good elbow extension, maybe a slight little bit of flexion to keep the elbow soft if necessary. If we wanted to progress this exercise, we'll have her bring her base closer together, so her feet and knees are closer together, and then we'll have reciprocal motions of the arms. As one is going down, the other one starts to go up at the same time, which increases the dynamic stability of the core and torso muscles.

About the Presenter

Anthony Carey, MA

Anthony Carey, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Anthony Carey, MA, owns Function First in San Diego, California. He holds a master?s degree in biomechanics and athletic training, and is an internationally-recognized speaker on biomechanics, posture, motor control and musculoskeletal pain and function. As a best-selling author, his work has been featured in the New York Times and Time Magazine. Anthony is also the inventor of the Core-Tex.