The dumbbell lateral raise is a good exercise for building width in your upper body which gives you the “V” shape. The lateral raise is an excellent movement for developing the middle head of the deltoid. Lateral dumbbell raises are an isolation exercise which target only specific shoulder muscles. Therefore they must be combined with other exercises to form an overall shoulder workout. The dumbbell lateral raise enhances your physique’s appearance by creating size contrasts between your shoulders, waist and hips. The dumbbell lateral raise also works the muscles that support and stabilize your shoulders.