How To Do Resistance Band Rear Delt Raise

By: Chris Freytag, CPT

Chris Freytag demonstrating rear delt raises using a resistance tube wearing a red top and blue exercise pants Resistance Band Rear Delt Raise is an exercise that strengthens the back of the shoulder, or rear deltoids, and upper back muscles. Strong, sculpted upper backs are not only beautiful, but they keep your spine aligned and encourage tall posture. Strengthening the rear deltoids is a great way to prevent that “hunched-over” appearance that comes with poor posture. So often as we age we neglect strengthening the muscles that are important for walking tall and strong.

You should learn how to do Resistance Band Rear Delt as a great alternative to strength exercises that involve weights. When performing a rear delt move with dumbbells you flex forward much like you do in this exercise. However, flexing forward with heavy weights can be uncomfortable and, for some with low back issues, not functional. The band works against band resistance instead of weight resistance.

When you choose your resistance band, remember that the thickness of the band determines the difficulty of the exercise. Most bands are color-coded according to difficulty. Shoulders are more prone to injury so be sure to start with a lighter band for this move and work your way to something more challenging when you are confident.

The band is a great tool to use for travel as well. It’s light and easy to roll up and put in your bag or purse to make working out available to you anytime, anywhere. If you want to get everything done in record time – both cardio and strength – try our 10 Minute Resistance Band Workout To Burn Fat.

Here are the steps to performing Resistance Band:

1) Stand both feet on the center of the band and criss-cross the handles so that the band makes an “x” as you hold it.

2) Bend your knees slightly and hinge forward from the waist keeping back long and abs tight.

3) Open your arms straight out to the sides until hands come to shoulder height. Gently release back to start position.

Targets: shoulders, back


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