Start building muscle and losing weight… without hitting the gym. This 3-day dumbbell workout plan is geared towards both beginners and intermediates to help you get fit at home.
Make better use of your time and cut the traveling. These full-body dumbbell workouts are only thirty minutes long and will help improve strength and physique.
What Is A Dumbbell Workout Plan?
A 3 day dumbbell workout plan is a fitness program you can do at home using only dumbbells. Having a plan is the way to fast-track results which is why my signature home workout program SMASH Fit For Life is so effective for moms.
Full body workouts can help you build muscle mass (and boost muscle growth) which gives you that "toned" look people strive for.
And this full-body dumbbell workout plan is great because it doesn't just target one muscle group and can be done at home.
If you’re a beginner looking to get started with strength training and muscle growth but are a bit too nervous to hit the gym (or simply don’t have time!). This workout plan is ideal for you!
How to workout at home safely and reduce injury risk
As a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, I can tell you that when you’re working out at home, quality matters much more than quantity so make each and every repetition count and move in a controlled manner.
To prevent injury when using dumbbell only workout, you’ll also want to do a mini warm-up before your workouts. Below are three great warm-up routines you can do in under five minutes:
Remember that these dumbbell workouts are very generalized. They target all muscle groups. You know your body best so take extra rest when needed and chat to a doc before diving in head first.
Days per week: 3
Muscle groups: all major muscles
Length of workouts: 20-30 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Equipment required: Dumbbells
PDF: Grab the 3-Day Total Body Workout Plan
When it comes to a workout schedule. schedule your workout days so that you have at least one rest day between each. Also know that if you’re a beginner, you may have a bit of extra soreness in the first week or so.
Not sure if you can commit to three? Get started with this 2 day workout split.
Benefits Of a 3 Day Dumbbell Workout Plan
- Saves time as you don’t have to hit the gym
- Keeps you consistent because you can do it at home
- Promotes weight loss and muscle building
Need to scale back? Here's a 2-day upper lower split workout.
Full Body Dumbbell Workout #1
|Dumbbell Front Squat||10 repetitions|
|Dumbbell Floor Press||10 repetitions|
|Rest||45 seconds x3 sets|
|Seated Shoulder Press||8 repetitions|
|Romanian Deadlift||12 repetitions|
|Deadbug||10 reps per side|
|Rest||30 seconds x 3 sets|
|Elevated Dumbbell Glute Bridge||20 repetitions|
|Rest||15 seconds x 2 sets|
Full Body Dumbbell Workout #2
|Renegade Row (use dumbbells)||8 reps per side|
|1.5 Rep Sumo Squats||10 repetitions|
|Rest||45 seconds x 3 rounds|
|Eccentric Push Up||6 repetitions|
|Single Leg Dumbbell Hip Thryst||10 reps per leg|
|Rear Delt Fly||10 repetitions|
|Rest||30 seconds x 3 sets|
|Dumbbell Walking Lunges||10 reps per leg|
|Rest||30 seconds x 2 sets|
Perform the first two exercises back to back. Rest 45 seconds after the squats & repeat for a total of 3 rounds. Then, move on to the next three exercises and perform them back to back. Rest 30 seconds after the fly & repeat for a total of 3 rounds.
Finally, finish with the walking lunges for two rounds and just 30 seconds between sets
Full Body Dumbbell Workout #3
|Squat & Press||10 repetitions|
|1 Arm Dumbbell Row||8 reps per side|
|Straight Leg Abductions||12 reps per side|
|Skull Crusher||10 repetitions|
|Mountain Climbers||25 seconds|
|Rest||45-60 seconds x 4 sets|
Perform all exercises back to back without rest. After the mountain climbers, rest for 60s before repeating for a total of 4 rounds.
How To Progress The Workouts Over Time
In order to keep results coming, you need to progress your workouts (make them harder). And though you can easily up your weights, there are other options:
- Add a pause at the hard point of the exercise
- Focus on lengthening one part of the exercise
- Put two exercises together
Stop FALLING OFF The Fitness Wagon
Do you start a new workout plan only to fall off of it weeks later?
Imagine the compliments you’ll get from family and friends when you finally lose those few extra pounds and skyrocket your confidence.
Discover the ultimate solution for busy moms seeking a quick and effective workout routine at home. As an exhausted mom of three, I designed these 25-minute sessions to fit seamlessly into your busy schedule to help you increase strength, stamina, and confidence.
Other programs have you doing cardio HIIT workouts complete with burpees and jump squats on the daily. But let’s be honest, just showing up for that is draining as a mom.
With SMASH Fit For Life you can say goodbye to that frustrated thought that you’re failing because you can’t seem to stick with it. Instead, these workouts focus on getting STRONGER with just one set of dumbbells and a mini band so that showing up for your workouts isn’t the worst part of your day.
Plus, you have direct access to a Certified Strength Coach anytime you have questions (or need some motivation!).
No more feeling guilty about missed gym sessions or overwhelmed about WHAT to do. The SMASH program was made for busy moms. Choose from a variety of packages and start prioritizing yourself today so that you can better help your family tomorrow.
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Frequently Asked Questions About A 3-Day Dumbbell Workout Plan
It’s important to take rest days in a full body dumbbell workout routine. But that doesn’t mean you need to be sedentary during them. A rest day is a great time to do low-impact cardio, yoga, or mobility work
Of course! It’s not only the tool that matters but the intensity and the consistency to a dedicated plan that will stimulate muscle growth and lose fat. Strength training with dumbbells is a great way to change your physique, lose weight and get ripped.
To continuously see results, it’s important to change up or progress your workout routine. Do this too often though and you’ll lose your consistency. It’s a good idea to alter your dumbbell workout program every 4-5 weeks. This doesn’t have to be a big overhaul, but swapping in some new variations, or exercise progressions is a good plan.
Both kinds of workouts can give results. However, if you're short on time or only plan to work out a couple days per week, a full body workout routine gives you the best bang for your buck as it doesn't just hit one muscle group once per week but multiple muscle groups multiple times.