Build Huge Shoulders With The Gironda Lateral Raise

The Gironda lateral raise is a variation of the traditional lateral raise. By tilting forward at the hips, and positioning each dumbbell as though you are pouring water from a cup, you put your shoulder in a position that best targets those lateral deltoids.

Though the shoulder-press is a good exercise for building overall mass in the shoulders, the rotational position of your shoulders during this movement, means that there is very little targeting of the lateral deltoids.

The reason boxers have such big rounded shoulders is because while throwing a punch, your arms and shoulders are in the optimal position for targeting those lateral deltoids. This position is simulated very well by the Gironda lateral raise.

5 thoughts on “Build Huge Shoulders With The Gironda Lateral Raise”

  1. again, do you know how may times i have to do this exsirces a wee to target my man boos. I’m pretty strong and i could excise for a long time. 

    • Hi Johnny

      It’s great that you are strong and can handle lots of exercise, but please remember that it’s the quality of exercise that is important, not how much or how long you exercise for. If you find it easy to do, say 3 sets of 10 reps, on one particular exercise, then rather than do 3 sets of 15 reps, or 6 sets of 10 reps, you should pick up a heavier weight and continue to do 3 sets of 10 reps.

      With the Gironda Lateral raise, you should incorporate it into your 3-day a week whole-body training regimen.

  2. Can I do this one arm at a time? Because obviously one arm will be stronger than the other, so more weight can be used for that arm.

    • Hey Ric. If you do that, then you’ll end up with one side of your body stronger and bigger than the other. The last thing most body sculptors want is an asymmetrical body.

  3. This is an excellent exercise, it really works the side delts but I am curious. Didn’t Gironda also come up with Scott press for side delts (to train Larry Scot)? So which one is more effective – scott press or gironda lateral raise?


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