The lateral to front raise is a combo move that strengthens and sculpts the shoulders. It works the lateral and front deltoids, as well as the upper trapezius muscle.
Stronger deltoids make most arm movements easier, including everyday movements such as lifting, pushing, and pulling. It can also improve athletic performance for sporting activities that involve hitting a ball (e.g. baseball, tennis) and allow you to lift heavier weights when performing chest or back exercises.
Lateral to front raises help increase mobility and stability of the shoulder, and can reduce the risk of suffering a shoulder injury. Strengthening the shoulder and upper back muscles may improve posture in people who slouch or have rounded shoulders.
Variations: To make this exercise easier skip the weights entirely, or break the exercise down into two separate exercises – the lateral raise and the side raise. To make the lateral to front raise harder you can increase the weight or slow down the exercise.