This 5-Move Dumbbell Leg Workout Targets Every Essential Muscle Group
Welcome to mbg moves! For the first installment of 2022, we're changing things up a bit with a strength-training-at-home series, from BB Arrington. Check out the full strength training at home guide here, which includes tips, advice, and insight for beginning the journey to a stronger you. Plus, tune in each week for a new at-home workout to include in your routine.
Strong legs are an important foundation for moving well and managing everyday activities. This includes standing up, sitting down, climbing stairs, and even running after your dog who got off his leash.
Because your legs can manage heavier loads, the stronger your legs, the stronger you are overall. When training your legs, it's important to remember to train the major muscle groups: quadriceps, hamstrings, and adductors.
This five-move workout covers all your bases to build a stronger lower body. All you need is a yoga mat and a single dumbbell (go for something heavier than you would for an upper-body workout) to get started!
- Time: 20 minutes
- Equipment: Single dumbbell
- Instructions: Complete three set of 8 to 12 reps of each exercise. Move from one exercise to the next with some rest in between.
- Stand with feet just outside shoulder width, holding the dumbbell tightly to your chest.
- Keeping tension in your torso, lower your hips below the height of your knees, and return to standing.
- Note: Be sure to keep toes and heels planted into the floor the entire time. Think about spreading the floor with your feet as you squat down and stand up to make room for your hips to lower.
Reverse Nordic Drop
- Kneeling tall, firm your glutes, and brace your core to start.
- Hinge back, feeling a stretch on your quads.
- Pause for a quick moment before coming back to the start position.
- Note: As you grow more confident with this move, see how far back you can hinge. To help your core stay braced, you may keep your chin tucked to your chest throughout the movement.
- With dumbbells on your shoulders, step feet out about hip width.
- Soften your knees, brace your core, and hinge your hips backward feeling a stretch on your hamstrings and glutes.
- Return to standing.
- Lying on your stomach, place a dumbbell between your feet.
- Hinging at the knees, lower your feet toward the floor and back up to the ceiling.
- Note: For more intensity, find an extended pause when feet almost touch the floor before lifting back up to the ceiling.
Squat Pivot Split Squat
- Holding your weights, with feet just outside shoulder width, squat down.
- Staying low, pivot your body 90 degrees to staggered stance, split-squat position.
- Pivot back to the squat position and pivot 90 degrees over the other shoulder to the other side's staggered stance.
BB Arrington is NASM-certified personal trainer, holistic nutritionist, and sustainability advocate. Not only are fitness and nutrition integral to healthy function, but the way we treat the planet and others. She advocates for a true wellness that is inclusive of all six tenements: physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, and social.