Build Shredded Legs With This Dumbbell Workout
There can be many reasons why people don’t want to use a barbell. It could be because of a back pain or your general dislike for the barbell that you want to stay away from it. It is said compound movements with a barbell are the best way to build big legs.
This is complete BS! Your muscles have no idea if you’re using a barbell or dumbbells. All they know is if you have trained them to failure. You can completely eliminate barbells and other machines from your leg workouts and still build monster wheels.
1. Goblet Squats – 3 Sets 15 Reps
Goblet squats can be a life saver if you’re suffering from a back injury. This exercise forces you to keep your back straight and hence eliminates all the tension from it. Goblet squats target your quads and will leave you limping by the time you’re done with this exercise.
Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulders width apart. Hold a dumbbell in front of your chest with both your hands. Perform a squat until your hams touch your calves. Keep your back straight, and head and chest up.
2. Dumbbell Lunges – 3 Sets 15 Reps On Each Leg
The range of motion is the key while performing this exercise. Most people make the mistake of placing their feet way too far apart or way too close to each other. Use weights with which you can complete 30 reps in one set.
Your front knee should not extend farther than your big toe and the quad of the second leg should be parallel to the calf of the front leg while you’re at the bottom of the movement. This is the optimal position to perform dumbbell lunges.
3. Dumbbell Romanian Deadlifts – 3 Sets 10 Reps
Dumbbell Romanian deadlifts are one of the best exercises to target your hams. Using dumbbells instead of a barbell will help you increase your range of motion. Barbells can limit your motion by making you follow a straight line of movement.
Using dumbbells lets your arms free and you can follow a movement where you have the greatest amount of tension on your quads. Most people complain about lower back recruitment while using a barbell, this problem is eliminated when you use dumbbells.
4. Dumbbell Step Ups – 3 Sets 12 Reps On Each Leg
Dumbbell step ups are a complete leg buster. This exercise will set your quads on fire. If you don’t have access to an elevated platform at your gym, you can use a flat bench for this exercise.
Stand while facing the platform with dumbbells at your sides. Step onto the platform with your right foot, extend your right leg and hip at the top of the movement. Place your left foot on the platform as well. Step down with your left foot and repeat with the right leg.
5. Dumbbell One-Legged Deadlifts – 3 Sets 12 Reps On Each Leg
Dumbbell one-legged deadlifts are a unilateral exercise. Unilateral exercises are the ones which work one side of your body at a time. This can help with developing the muscles and strength on your weaker side.
One-legged deadlifts help with isolating the hamstring and establishing a mind-muscle connection. Hamstrings can be a hard muscle group to train and develop as you can’t see them in the mirror and hence it becomes harder to develop a connection with them.
Have you ever tried a dumbbells only leg workout?