Dumbbells can be useful to use especially if you do not have any other form of gym equipment. You can get great results from dumbbells by being creative with your exercises. Here five ways to use dumbbells like never before.
1. Dumbbell Box Jumps
The first way is to use them in your box jump workouts. A good rule of thumb is to start off with 5-pound dumbbells, with a key emphasis on bringing your knees up as high as you can, when performing the box jump.
2. Dumbbell Push-Ups
The second way to use dumbbells is to do push ups using the dumbbells and adjusting angles to work different parts of your upper body. For example, use the dumbbells wider than shoulder width and do a set of wide width pushups and then move the dumbbells close together to mimic diamond pushups. If you cannot do a full pushup, start on your knees and perform pushups until you can do a full push up.
3. Swinging Dumbbell Workouts
The third way to use dumbbells is while holding the weight in front of you, and then swing it between your legs, and back up. The key is to control the movement and make sure you are not using too much momentum so you can protect your back while also getting the maximum benefit from the exercise. Make sure to flex your abs on each rep and focus on breathing in and out in a comfortable and natural way.
4. Single Arm Movements
The fourth way you can use dumbbells is to use them in single arm movements, which will help you balance out your muscles on each side of the body while also challenging the core. Make sure to flex on each repetition. The more you focus on the movement, the better the results you will get because in exercise the quality is significantly more important than the quantity.
5. Combine Dumbbells With Cardio
The fifth way to use dumbbells is to combine them with your cardio training by performing shoulder punches, shoulder presses, and bicep curls, while walking or lightly jogging on a treadmill. The keys to doing this is to make sure you use a light weight such as 3,5,8 pound dumbbells and do them in rhythm to your cardio. Be careful to not overdo it.
Dumbbells are a great way to switch up your workouts or even to build your entire workout program. It is all about creativity and consistency so if you have any questions or trouble always make sure to seek out a personal trainer to help you.