Build up all the major muscle groups with this multifunctional dumbbell workout.
This dumbbell workout offers a wide range of advantages over other equipment workouts just because it’s so versatile. When push comes to press, you can do a lot more with a dumbbell. They don’t need much space, and you can find them anywhere.
With just a few pairs of these popular free-weights, this dumbbell workout routine will hit the major muscle groups in your body, and in only 30 minutes a day.
Dumbbells allow you to train one side of your body at a time, which is great for curing any strength imbalances you’ve developed. And because each limb moves independently, your core has to brace harder to prevent you from tipping to one side.
Frequency: Do this workout three times per week, in the following sequence, resting at least a day between each session. By the way, a comfortable workout outfit is essential.
Time Needed: 30 minutes
How to Do It: Perform as straight sets, completing all the prescribed sets for one exercise before moving on to the next. On all one-handed (or one-legged) moves, repeat with opposite limb. That’s one set.
One-Arm Push Press
One-Arm Bentover Row
Get Up Situp
Lie on your back. Allow your triceps to rest on the floor with your elbows close to your sides and wrists facing each other. Press the weights straight up.
Reps: 15 for each side
Hold a dumbbell in one hand and step forward with the opposite leg. Bend at the hips until your torso is approximately 45 degrees to the floor. Row the weight to your side.
Reps: 5 for each side
Lie on your back on the floor, squeezing a dumbbell between your feet and holding another one over your chest. Keeping the tension in your legs, perform a situp, moving the weight directly overhead.
Reps: 10 for each side
With a dumbbell in each hand, get into a pushup position with your feet wide. Shift your weight to your left side and row the right-hand dumbbell to your side. Repeat on the opposite side.
Hold a dumbbell by one of the weighted ends with both hands and stand with your feet wide apart and pointed 45 degrees outward. Hold the wright at chest lever. With your back in its natural arch, squat as deeply as you can.
Reps: 15 for each side
Hold a dumbbell in one hand at shoulder level with your palm facing forward. Bend your knees to gather momentum and then explosively press the weight straight overhead.
Reps: 8 for each side
Place two dumbbells on the floor in front of you and stand on one leg with the other pointing behind you. Pick up each weight, then extend your hips to stand straight up on the support leg.