Looking to get started with strength training? This full-body workout with weights is the perfect place. A dumbbell workout that primarily targets the posterior chain (back of the body) to help improve posture, energy, and most of all: strength.
With only five dumbbell exercises this workout routine takes about 25-30 minutes to complete.
Designed to help you build strength and sculpt your entire body, this workout uses dumbbells for resistance.
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Mastering the basic strength exercises for moms helps keep women strong and injury free,
The exercises in this workout help busy moms:
- carry kids easier
- ease back pain
- do the things they enjoy
What Is A Strength-Based Workout?
Many women are familiar with using circuit workouts. These workouts are done quickly and usually combine 4-7 exercises to be done back to back without rest.
While circuit workouts can leave you breathless, sweaty, and fatigued, it's not the best choice for strength or weight loss (learn about the best workout for moms).
The goal of isn't to get through this full-body dumbbell strength workout as fast as possible but to really engage and activate the muscles during the exercises.
Likewise, the purpose of this full-body dumbbell workout for women is to really focus on using, recruiting, and strengthening your muscles throughout each and every repetition.
The Dumbbell Workout
Make sure to warm up before performing the dumbbell strength workout. Then, move slowly, and with control to maximize strength gains.
When training for strength, go as heavy as you can while still getting the repetitions listed. There should only be one more in the tank though.
|Dumbbell Front Squats||8 reps 6 reps 6 reps|
|Dumbbell Bentover Row||8 reps 8 reps 6 reps|
|Dumbbell Lunge||8 repetitions x 3 sets|
|Standing Shoulder Press||8 repetitions x 2 sets|
|Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift||8 repetitions x 2 sets|
|Single Leg Hip Thrust||15 repetitions per leg x 1 set|
How to perform it: For the first exercise, perform eight repetitions of a dumbbell front squat. Rest for 45-60 seconds and then perform six repetitions. Take one more rest and finish by performing another six repetitions.
Then, move on to the bentover rows making sure to rest between sets.
Hot Tip: when the repetitions go down (8/6/6) the weights you're holding should go up.
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Dumbbell Front Squat
- Start with your feet slightly wider than hip distance apart. Hold two dumbbells in your hands at shoulder height
- Begin sinking down into the squat, keeping the chest up. It’s okay if the knees go over the toes.
- Pause briefly and reverse the movement by pushing up through the feet into a standing position.
Dumbbell Bentover Row
- Start in a bentover position (from a hip hinge), with feet flat on the floor, a flat back, knees bent slightly and the dumbbells hanging down at your sides. Abdominal muscles engaged.
- Maintain the bentover position as you row the dumbbells up towards your chest, pinch the shoulder blades together at the top and pause briefly.
- Reverse the movement and return the dumbbells to the starting position.
- Using a bottom step or yoga blocks, stand upright, chest lifted, on the step.
- Step the left foot back onto the floor and begin bringing the knee down towards the floor as you hinge the upper body forward slightly.
- Pause at the bottom and then reverse the movement and pull up your body with the right leg (don't push off the left foot!), extending the hips back into the standing starting position.
Standing Dumbbell Shoulder Press
- Stand tall with the dumbbells resting on your shoulders.
- Without flaring the ribcage, press the dumbbells up and overhead.
- Shrug at the top of the movement for full lockout.
- Pause and return the dumbbells to your shoulders.
Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift
- Stand upright with the knees bent slightly and the dumbbells resting along your thighs.
- Slowly hinge from the hips moving the dumbbells against your thighs close to the floor. Keep a flat or arched back.
- Pause and reverse the movement.
Single Leg Hip Thrust
- Set up in hip thrust position with your back on the bench (running roughly along your bra strap) and the left knee bent and over the heel. The right leg will be raised and the dumbbell will be on the hip of the left leg.
- Dip your hips towards the floor making sure that the left knee stays facing forward and not caving. Squeeze the glutes and lift the hips towards the ceiling while squeezing the glute.
- Your back will extend flat on the bench. Lock out the glute briefly, release the tension and return to the starting position.
Important Teaching Tips
Ideally, this strength workout is performed with straight sets. This means that you'll complete all the prescribed sets and repetitions of one exercise before moving on to the next.
However, if you're severely short on time, you can use the exercises like supersets (two exercises back to back). Thus, this would pair an upper and a lower exercise for the first two groups and thus you shouldn't be too fatigued to keep your weights heavy.
How Often Should I Use This Dumbbell Strength Workout?
You can use this full-body dumbbell strength workout in two ways. The first is to use this workout and perform it three times each week (on non-consecutive days to give your body rest) for a total of 4-5 weeks.
Or, you can combine it with two other workouts and make that your weekly routine. Meaning:
Monday: full body dumbbell workout for strength
Wednesday: strength workout for a strong back
Friday: dumbbell workout for strong legs
You would then repeat that workout routine for 4-5 weeks before you either changed your workouts, variations of the exercises or your weights to keep progressing towards your goals.
Stop FALLING OFF The Fitness Wagon
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Frequently Asked Questions About Strength Workouts
There are multiple ways to divide up workouts: full body workouts, upper/lower splits, push/pull splits, as well as muscle group splits. You need to find a workout split that works for your schedule as only then will you commit and see the best results!
Though there are subtle differences in regards to training for men and women, unless at an elite level both men and women can train pretty well the same when the goals are building muscle or weight loss.