Smart moves with dumbbells

Note: Published originally on 8/24, 2017

Keep it simple!

Dumbbells are an excellent way to add resistance: They are found in most gyms and are usually more available than machines. Find a small area and you’re ready for a full body strength session!

Goblet Squat – Strengthen your legs, hips, glutes, and core

  • Dumbbell against chest
  • Elbows to the insides of your knees
  • Drive knees apart
  • Weight in heels

Reverse Fly – Stabilize your shoulders and prevent rotator cuff injuries

  • Body in deadlift position OR supported on an incline bench
  • Relax neck and upper trap muscles
  • Squeeze shoulder blades together, keeping slight bend in elbows

Deadlift – Build lower back and glute strength

  • Reach hips backwards
  • Keep chest tall, shoulders packed down away from ears
  • Low back remains flat, not rounded

Lunge row – Engage mid and upper back muscles, arms, and core

  • Long lunge stance, back foot turned out
  • Left elbow on left knee
  • Right elbow reaching up and back (then repeat on other side)

What’s your go-to dumbbell move?