You cannot think of the gym without thinking about dumbbells. Dumbbells form the ultimate exercise tool. Versatile, affordable and simple to use, dumbbells cater to all ages, gender, and body sizes. The concept of using resistance in training our bodies has evolved to create the ultimate weight-lifting tool. Dumbbells can be used both for training bodybuilders as well as those who are looking to fine-tune their aesthetics. For beginners in fitness, there are a wide variety of dumbbells for you too, along with an infinite number of exercises you can do to enhance your body. Let’s look at some dumbbell workouts for beginners, intermediate, and advanced level fitness.
Advice for beginners
If you are thinking of going into bodybuilding or fitness training, or if you just started working out, dumbbell sets are good equipment to start with. For beginners, it is important to start with a set of lighter dumbbells rather than the heavy ones. A lighter dumbbell allows your body to adjust accordingly to avoid overexertion. It is vital to have the right form too. Check your posture and make sure your knees are at the same width as your shoulders. Always STRETCH BEFORE EXERCISE. Make sure you loosen those tight muscles before hitting the dumbbells. Now you are ready to do dumbbell exercises.
The beginner’s dumbbell workout
The simplest exercise you can do with a set of dumbbells is bicep curls. Bicep curls involve the action of holding the dumbbells in both hands in front of you and bringing them up to the chest level. Typically, a good set of bicep curls starts with 8 reps (curl-and-extend). You can do up to 3 sets. If you’d like, you can do more sets or add the weight to your dumbbells.
Variation: You can add variety by placing your hands on the side of your body and curling up to your chest. Rotate your fist as you move in.
Intermediate dumbbell workout
Once you’ve got the hang of the beginner’s workout, you can add a twist to your bicep curls. Instead of bringing the dumbbell up to your chest, add an additional rotation and push the dumbbell above your head. This exercise requires a stronger core (you will get it doing other dumbbell exercises). Be sure to lift the dumbbell clean above your head, but aligned with your side body profile.
Variation: Spread your legs in a stance with one leg in front of the other. This will create a lower center of gravity as well as give your legs some definition. Be sure to rotate your leg stance.
Advanced dumbbell workout
Once you have mastered the two exercises above, it’s time to go for the advanced level. Choose a type of cardio that you like. It can be jumping, running on the spot, fast push-ups, or fast half-squats. Combine one or more of these fast-paced exercises with your bicep curls to get the advanced dumbbell workout. The result will be an explosive exercise combo that burns fat fast and doubles your metabolic rate thanks to the cardio-like pace.
Now you are ready to conquer your workouts with dumbbells!