Set-up: Standing up, establish a tall, braced posture with your hands resting at your sides.
Movement: From a strong, stable base raise your arms in front of your body and directly overhead, allowing your hands to make contact at the top. Lower your arms along the same path, then raise them laterally and overhead. Return along the same path, then repeat the cycle.
Emphasis: Focus on actively contracting and flexing your muscles. Keep your core braced and stable. On the lateral raise allow the upper arm to angle slightly in front of the body which will place it more in line with the shoulder blades and reduce the stress on the shoulder capsule.