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Switch up your routine to achieve maximum results!
Are you in the same old rut with your leg routine? In the mood for something new to push your results even further and start seeing some progress toward your goals? I’ve got just the thing! Well – two things, really … 1) grab some dumbbells and 2) try out some new exercises! Today on T&T I wanted to share with you 5 of my favorite dumbbell leg exercises that you probably aren’t doing in your routine. Add some muscle confusion, awesome strength, and amazing definition. Here we go:
1. Bench/Box Step Ups – 3 sets of 10 reps on each leg
Grab your dumbbells and stand in front of a bench. Step up onto the bench with your left leg and pull your right leg up on top of the bench as well (you’re now standing on top of the bench). Return back to the ground by stepping down onto your right leg (using your left leg to lower you down).
2. Bulgarian Split Squat – 3 sets of 10 on each leg
Take your lunges to a whole new level! Stand in a lunge position with your left leg in front of you and your right leg back behind you and on a bench. Slowly bend your left leg until your thigh is parallel with the ground. Pause 1-2 seconds and then return to the upright position.
3. Dumbbell Heel Raises – 3 sets of 20
Hold dumbbells to your sides and stand on the edge a stair/step. Use your calf muscles to raise up on to your toes. Slowly lower yourself back to the starting position (heels below toes).
4. Dumbbell Side Lunges – 3 sets of 10 reps each direction
Perform side lunges while holding dumbbells in front of you.
5. Dumbbell Swings – 3 sets of 10 reps
Just like performing a kettle bell swing, but holding the end of a dumbbell instead. Works on explosive strength and dynamic muscle control. Start with your legs spread holding the dumbbell in front of you. Bend your legs and lean forward slightly keeping your back straight. Explode through your legs and hips into an upright position while raising the dumbbell up to shoulder height. As it swings back down return to the starting position – make sure you keep your back flat and you core engaged.
Congratulations! You crushed it! Amazing legs are just a few more workouts away!
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