Double cable front raise

Double cable front raise

Exercise details

  • Target muscle: Anterior Deltoid

  • Synergists: Lateral Deltoid, Clavicular (Upper) Pectoralis Major, Serratus Anterior, Middle and Lower Trapezius

  • Mechanics: Isolation

  • Force: Push

Starting position

  • Attach stirrups (handles) to two low cable pulleys.

  • Grasp one stirrup in each hand and stand midway between the two pulleys.

  • Step forward until the cables are pulled taut and your arms are left a little behind you.


  • Keeping your elbows very slightly flexed, exhale as you raise the stirrups forward and upward in a semicircular motion until your arms are a little above horizontal.

  • Hold for a count of two.

  • Inhale as you lower the stirrups to the starting position in a controlled manner.

  • Repeat.

Comments and tips

  • Keep your back neutral and your body still. Only your arms should move.

  • When lifting heavy, stagger your feet and lean forward a little to improve balance.

  • If you feel pain in your shoulder when you perform the double cable front raise, try decreasing the height to which you raise the stirrups.

  • The point of keeping your elbows very slightly flexed is to preserve the health of your elbow joints.

  • Instead of raising both arms simultaneously, you can alternate your arms. Use both variations of the exercise to derive the benefits of both.