WMOW: Dumbbell Lateral Raise

Hi friends πŸ™‚ How’s your almost-Friday going?

We just got back from our lovely morning walk with little Meal and munched a morning meal πŸ˜‰


(Egg white burrito with salsa, berries)

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Workout Move of the Week, but figured it would be a great time to do a shoulder exercise since tank tops, strapless and halters are on the horizon πŸ™‚

This week’s move: Dumbbell Deltoid Lateral Raise

What you need: Pair of lighter dumbbells (3, 5, or 8 lbs)


Form check:

For this move, you want your feet to be directly under your hip bones, abs contracted and chest proud. Make sure to breathe as you perform the movement (exhale as the weights come up) and do not allow the weights to travel higher than your shoulders.

*As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes- honor your body and your injury.

The video: (+ 2 challenging modifications)

Hope this helped you guys change up your current shoulder routine πŸ™‚

For more WMOW fun, check out:



Lunge and lift

Bicep curl and plie squat

As always, let me know if you have any WMOW requests! πŸ˜€

Off to find my productivity hat.. it’s here somewhere πŸ˜‰



Something to do: OpenSky followers, make sure to check your email if you’d like the goat’s milk soap promo!

I fell in love with these soaps a few weeks ago, and not only are they beautiful (an awesome gift!), they smell uhmazing and only use *real* ingredients.


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  1. Laury @ thefitnessdish on April 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I know that move and it’s AWESOME….but for your other readers you have the video marked “private” so you can’t watch it πŸ™

    You are looking amazing by the way.

    • Fitnessista on April 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      thanks girl! i changed it to public- it might just take a sec to work. i always upload them as private and then change them to public as i publish the post

  2. Kate on April 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    love the blog gina and breakfast looks yummy!!
    Can’t get to the video though its private?

    • Fitnessista on April 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      it should be working now- let me know!

  3. kate@ahealthypassion on April 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Love that soap I definitely need to order some!

  4. jenny eats nutella from a spoon on April 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    bookmarked. thanks for the video! i’ve never heard of using milk in soap… am i just a complete soap newbie or is that a rare thing?

    • Fitnessista on April 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      it’s a more rare specialty type thing. the soaps are usually very hard to find and expensive- this promo is pretty awesome

  5. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on April 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    LOL! I just did this move as part of my workout this morning! Great video Gina! I love the burns-so-good feeling I get after a good shoulder workout. Your burrito also looks yummy!

  6. Jessica @ brighteyesandbushytales on April 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    What kind/brand of wrap/tortilla did you use to make this burrito? It looks delicious! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on April 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      trader joe’s brown rice tortilla

  7. Allison @ Food For Healing on April 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    i always like seeing your workout moves!
    that egg white burrito looks good.
    i wish it WAS friday, work has me super stressed, im hating every second of the job i’m doing. *cry*
    might have to go burn some of it off at the gym

  8. Katherine: Unemployed on April 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    my sister’s friends make soaps down in savannah and love when people support them all (they look pretty similar to what you have) love the shorts!

  9. Sable @ SquatLikeALady on April 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    AWESOME promo! I just got the email, it looks great….perfect gift for my MIL! Thanks!

  10. Carrie on April 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Lateral raises are killer! It’s amazing how I’ll be using 25lb dumbbells for everything else, but have to set them down and grab the 10’s for raises! Great tip about bringing the weights just back down to your side, instead of in front of you. I’ve been prone to do that in the past.

  11. Holly @ The Runny Egg on April 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Love the workout move Gina — that last version looks killer!!!

  12. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food on April 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    great video πŸ™‚

    I am a big fun of blog workouts!

  13. Katie~ Run For The Bikini on April 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Awesome, I’m all about the arms/ shoulders right now πŸ˜€

  14. AJ on April 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    My breakfast was the exact same thing except a whole wheat wrap and I include the yolk. Every breakfast is better with berries on the side. I’ve been obsessing over fresh blackberries lately. OMG.

  15. Stefanie @TheNewHealthy on April 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    This is perfect for summer and so easy to do at home! πŸ™‚

  16. Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing on April 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Definitely need to work on my shoulders — major slacker in that department πŸ˜‰

  17. Janna on April 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks for the workout tips – p.s. you have the most gorgeous hair!

  18. Chelsea on April 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Yummy breakfast burrito! I had zero motivation to go the gym today…prob do to the snow. I think I could go and do some weights. Thanks for the motivation I need sexy arms for summer!

  19. Ashley on April 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Love the side plank version!! There are a few shoulder moves, similar to that one, that I’ve been doing for years. Definitely love the definition in my shoulders! πŸ™‚

  20. Maren on April 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    perfect! I just did some lateral raises today at the gym. Too bad I didn’t see this before! πŸ™‚ You are so dang pretty! Thanks for all the awesome advice!

  21. Ruth on April 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Love those shorts Gina!

  22. Sarah K on April 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks for more great exercises! And what brand are your shorts? they’re awesome!

  23. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife on April 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    great move- thanks girl! and your b-fast looks fabulous πŸ™‚

  24. Joelle on April 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for the video! So much better to watch a video rather than read steps.
    Call me nuts, but I’m not able to fold the tortilla to make a burrito. It drives me crazy, and feel like an idiot too…. oh well, I’ll just enjoy looking the pic of yours!
    BTW, was the email sent already? Didn’t get anything.

  25. Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries on April 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    This is one of my favorite moves. Thanks for posting ways to make it a little more challenging!

  26. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on April 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks for the video, Gina, and lat dumbbell raises are so great to make your arms just POP and look awesome. I love that move!

    The soaps…mmm, they sound wonderful. I love goat’s milk soap and when Skylar was a baby used to order all kinds of exotic, handmade, goat’s milk soaps from soapmakers on etsy and other sites.

    The one you featured looks great.

    Have a wonderful day πŸ™‚

  27. Laura @ prettylittlewords on April 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I looooooove deltoid lateral raises, they burn so good! Probs my favorite shoulder move πŸ™‚

    Question — why didn’t you recommend going over 8lbs? I usually do 8, but sometimes kick it up to 10lbs. Is that too much?

    • Fitnessista on April 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      i think 10 is pretty bold, but if you can do it without hurting yourself, rock on. i wouldn’t go up to 12, though- just add more reps or try one of the harder variations i give in the video

  28. Moni'sMeals on April 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    nice clip!

  29. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on April 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Great video! I’m always looking for new ways to work my arms!

  30. Kimberley on April 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I love how the berries are so good and in season right now πŸ™‚

  31. Lauren @ Team Giles on April 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Great video, Gina! I really liked the different ways to work my shoulders and arms. Going to check out the others!

  32. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on April 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    That move is killer! I usually get tired with only 5 lb weights after 1 set. πŸ˜›

  33. Susanne on April 7, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I love it when you do the WMOW. They’re really helpful! That breakfast looks pretty delicious πŸ™‚

  34. Babs on April 7, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Burpee pull-ups are a doozy of an exercise too! Have you done Crossfit?

    • Fitnessista on April 7, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      no… i’m a little afraid…

      • Babs on April 8, 2011 at 8:50 am

        Haha..I think you would knock it out of the park girl:)

        I miss AZ:)

  35. Krystina (Organically Me) on April 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Girl, how do you NOT break those tortillas? I bust ’em whenever I make a wrap.

    • Fitnessista on April 7, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      i heat them for about 20 min first

  36. Alex on April 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    thanks for the tutorial!
    your cheery attitude is so contagious! πŸ™‚

  37. Barbara W on April 8, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Hello! I have a recipe question for ya…
    I see that you use the brown rice wraps occassionally for your wraps and burritos. Whenever I try to wrap a sandwich or burrito with the brown rice wraps (I get the ones from Trader Joes) they are a big cracked up and torn mess. Can you share your wrapping technique and/or brand of wrap?
    Thanks so much!! Barbara W
    (love your blog – super positive and lots of fun! <3)

  38. Kathleen on April 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Just got my goat’s milk soaps delivered today! I could literally smell their yumminess through the cardboard delivery box! They look amazing, and I’m so excited to use them…I’m not sure how I’ll be able to wait until the 5/5 cure date!

    • Fitnessista on April 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      oh my goodness, you will love them πŸ™‚

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