Stand on platform facing lateral raise machine. Bend knees and bend over at hips with back flat close to horizontal. With arms straight or slightly bent, grasp lever handles with each hand.
Maintaining torso position, raise handles to sides until upper arm is shoulder height. Lower and repeat.
Platform height should allow pivot point of shoulders to be aligned with lever fulcrum. Upper arm should travel in perpendicular path to torso to minimize relatively powerful latissimus dorsi involvement. At top of movement, elbows (not necessarily dumbbells) should be directly lateral to shoulders since elbows are slightly bent forward.
To exercise posterior deltoid and not lateral deltoid, keep torso close to horizontal. Positioning torso at 45° is not sufficient angle to target rear deltoids. Knees are bent in effort to keep low back straight (See Hamstring Inflexibility). Apparatus was originally designed to be used for Extended Arm Kneeling Lateral Raise. Also see Rear View Angle.