Working out your upper body and arms might seem straight forward but don't forget there are scores of other exercises for your whole body, including your legs.
In this article you will learn how to build quads with dumbbells, utilising isolation and compound exercises.
The exercises can be done at home or in the gym and a re suitable for all levels of experience.
Use your own judgement on the amount of weight you should lift, keeping in mind that good form is more important than how much weight you actually lift.
This is a great compound exercise that works out your quads, as well as your glutes and hamstrings.
Think of your traditional barbell squat, only this time with dumbbells.
The goblet squat is a great variation of a traditional squat.
The dumbbell is held in front of the chest in a vertical position activating the muscles in the core as well as your quads and glutes.
The shape of your hands holding the dumbbell is where the name comes from.
There are so many variations of dumbbell lunges you could never get bored with them.
This video shows a walking lunge. You have the dumbbells by your side and take a step forward, keeping the back straight.
Watch your balance as your muscles get tired, and do less reps if your form gets a bit messy.
Your legs will let you know when you have performed this exercise.
Balancing on one leg takes a bit of getting used to, but the benefits of this exercise are well worth the effort.
Add some extra resistance to your plyo exercises by including dumbbells into your jumps.
Start with a lower platform first, then gradually increase the height as your strength increases.
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Grab yourself a sturdy stool, chair , bench or step, a set of dumbbells and work your legs as you work up a sweat.
The plie dumbbell squat is sometimes known as a sumo squat.
The word plie is also known as a movement in ballet.
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This a a great video showing you a couple of variations of this exercise. Your core really has to work to maintain good posture while performing this exercise.
As if a pistol squat isn't hard enough to perform as a bodyweight exercise!
Add a dumbbell and make this difficult exercise even harder.
You are doing great if you can perform this exercise.
Don't just use your dumbbells to work your biceps.
Now you know how to build quads with dumbbells you should incorporate at least some of these exercises into your workouts.
What is your favourite exercise you turn to when working out your quads?