Dumbbells Are All You Need

Dumbbells

Dumbbells are all you need.

Well, for this. We’re definitely advocates of finding ways to add variety to your workouts so you stay interested and rotate muscle attention. Sometimes the gym is really busy though and your preferred machines are taken; or you want to burn some calories at home, or in a new way. Dumbbells are a great option!

And they’re not just convenient. In fact, some believe dumbbells are even better for you than machines. We’re not here to have or solve that argument, but let’s look at a few things that dumbbells can certainly improve. And then get in a great workout with just the ‘bells!

Benefits of Dumbbells

Core Strengthening

We hear this so often, but it’s true! You use more stability muscles when training with dumbbells. For even the simplest functions, you have to engage your core and find your balance. And balance is really important.

Functionality Focus 

Dumbbell movements are more functional. Let’s sum up the word “functional” since it seems to be a buzzword in the industry right now: Functional here means something that would train your body for everyday activities. Functional exercises usually recruit other muscles for movement rather than isolating a few. Learn more about functional training through my fitness fundamental post that includes a functional workout.

Unilateral Strength

Ever notice how your right leg can be stronger than your left? Or the other way around? With most dumbbell movements, your opposite side can’t compensate for the other like they can with a machine or barbell exercise. A good dumbbell workout will strengthen both sides of your body so you’ll be firing on all cylinders!

Calorie Burn Per Workout

The more muscles you recruit, the greater the calorie burn. You’ll find yourself exhausted after every full body dumbbell workout because you will have used every muscle in your body. Isn’t that awesome?!

When you improve your core, functionality, and bilateral strength, you will find yourself stronger in every way. Go ahead, try it: Skip the machines and head straight for the dumbbells!

Dumbbells at Anytime Fitness

Dumbbell Workout

4 sets – Single Arm Dumbbell Press (8 each) + Chest Supported Row (12)
3 sets – Sumo Squat (12) + Alternating Dumbbell Overhead Press (12)
3 sets – Goblet Squats (15) + Renegade Rows (8 each)
3 sets – Dumbbell Arm Complex (15)

Dumbbell Workout

References: More on unilateral exercise benefits

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Luke Andrus is a certified personal trainer, ACE health coach, writer, folk music drummer, husband, and a father. Most of his writing experience is in poetry and fictional short stories, and he also proposed to his wife with a self-published children's book. He is a Narnia nerd with a degree in History, a minor in English, and a semi-obsession with the French language. He believes that fitness is not just about vanity, but about lifestyle, integrity, and the ability to take control of your life.