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Best Exercises to do with Dumbbells

When it comes to fitness and building your body, if you have a pair of dumbbells, you will be surprised with the results that you can achieve. There are so many exercises that can be done with just two dumbbells, so if you want to learn how to sculpt your body without having to purchase entire gym gear sets, feel free to read until the end. Let’s take a look.

Bicep Curls

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One of the signature and most popular exercises that everyone knows about are the bicep curls. There are many variations that you can do to target different parts of your biceps such as the hammer grip bicep curls etc. If your dumbbells are not too light, you will be able to make a lot of progress even with regular curls.

If you quickly get stronger and curls become easy to do, you’ll have to perform different variations of the exercise to continue seeing results. Arnold curls or “Bicep 21’s” are both amazing exercises that are done with lighter dumbbells but isolate and work the muscle just like they should.

Lateral Raises

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If you want to build your shoulder muscles properly and have that well-shaped physique, you should implement this exercise in your workout routine. It’s a fairly easy exercise to learn and perform, but there aren’t as many variations of it compared to the bicep curls. Unfortunately, when you get strong enough and your dumbbells become easy, you’ll have to grab a new pair.


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Who said that you can’t work your legs without a barbell? Lunges are one of the best exercises when it comes to building up your legs, and you should try these if having a strong lower body is your goal. According to, lunges can be done with lighter dumbbells for a start, then move up to heavier ones when you finally get the form right. It’s a pretty easy exercise to learn, just make sure that you keep your back straight and put all the weight on your quads instead of your knees. Never skip leg day!

Dumbbell Press

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The dumbbell press is another should exercise, and combined with the later raises it will give you amazing results in your upper body area. If you want to have rock-solid shoulders, you have to do the dumbbell press. There aren’t many variations of this exercise, but you can choose to do it while standing up or sitting on a gym bench. It’s completely up to you, although you can lift more weight while sitting and having your back against the bench. Click here to know more about different gym benches to level up your dumbbell exercises.

Triceps extensions

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Let’s not forget one of the most important muscles in the body. The triceps is a muscle that is responsible for any “pushing” motion that you’re performing, and those are pretty common in life, whether you’re pushing a cart or your car when it doesn’t start, even shooting a basketball requires a strong triceps!

Extensions can be done while sitting or standing, the movement is very simple and can be learned immediately. You simply contract the triceps and push the dumbbells forward, just make sure your hand is in the right position so that the muscle gets completely isolated.


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