Dumbbell 2 Workout Guide | Staying Fit at Home

Dumbbell 2 Home Workout Guide
Dumbbell 2 Home Workout Guide

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Dumbbell 2 Beginner Workout Guide at Home

We understand the importance of fitness, health and exercise and that’s why we’re encouraging everyone to keep working towards their goals whilst at home. At Xercise4Less Gyms, we’ve put together a number of home workouts that will help each and every single one of you focus on your fitness whilst at home, despite our gyms being closed on Government instruction from the 20th of March 2020. Smash those fitness goals, kickstart your fitness journey and join our fun and inclusive fitness community.

If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

What Is a Dumbbell 2 Workout?

A dumbbell workout will help you work on your strength from home and hopefully build up some muscles whilst our gyms are closed and you can then use our quality equipment and facilities to develop this even further. A dumbbell workout means that you’ll be using a couple of pieces of weighted equipment – it’s a combination of full body exercises to make sure that you’re giving your whole body the fitness blast it needs at home. We’ve stepped up the intensity with this workout compared to our first Dumbbell workout to help you push yourself and your fitness to the next level.

What You Need For a Dumbbells 2 Workout

You’ll need at least 2 dumbbells. If you have a couple of different weights, grab all of these so that you have the option of pushing yourself when you want to. If you don’t have access to dumbbells at home, don’t worry. You can use some household alternatives such as bags of sugar or rice or just a couple of water bottles. Just give your maximum energy throughout to maximise the results. For one of the exercises, you’ll need to lay down on a raised platform, something like a bed or a sofa will do unless you have access to a bench. Now, time to blast your favourite workout playlist and get started!

Exercise 1: Goblet Lunges

To perform a goblet lunge, you’ll need one dumbbell. Hold this dumbbell between both hands close to your chest and lower your body into a lunge with your left leg. Return upright and then lunge with your right leg; keep alternating legs until all reps have been performed. Goblet lunges slightly increase the difficulty as you have the added weight on top of your bodyweight to lift up from the lunge.

Complete 3 sets of 12 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

Try the workout

 *Check out ALL of our @Home Workout Guides*

Remember we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open.

Exercise 2: Goblet Lateral Lunges

Hold your weight in the same position as before start your lateral lunge exercise by standing upright with your legs shoulder width apart. Now, step out onto your leg left so that you’re performing a lunge but to the side. Once you’ve done this, return to your standing position. Repeat the exact same movements as before but this time on your right leg. When performing the lunges, try to get as low as you can as this will have a better impact on your legs and glutes.

Complete 3 sets of 12 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Exercise 3: Squats Jumps

Work on your cardiovascular fitness and really pump your legs with this next exercise. Stand with your legs hip width apart and sit down into a squat position. Bring your arms down to your side and use them to build momentum with one big swing and then jump into the air. Land onto your feet and repeat the squat jump again.

Complete 3 sets of 12 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

Try the workout

 *Check out ALL of our @Home Workout Guides*

Remember we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open.

Exercise 4: Seated Bent Over Rows

For this next exercise, you’ll need a hard upright chair – something like that a dining chair or garden chair/bench and not a sofa or armchair. Sit down in the chair and hold your dumbbells at either side of you. Lean your body forward with your face parallel to the floor and then raise your arms up toward your hips and squeeze your back muscles. You should feel your back working even more as you perform each rep.

Complete 3 sets of 12 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Exercise 5: Half Range Deadlifts

Stand up straight with your dumbbells in each hand resting flat on your thighs. Slowly lower your arms/dumbbells towards your knees whilst keeping your back straight to avoid any injury to your lower back – the slower that you perform the first 2/3 reps, the better as you’ll perfect your form. Once your weights slightly pass your knees, stand up and straighten your back. Perform this movement slowly on the way down and quick on the way up.

Complete 3 sets of 12 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

Try the workout

 *Check out ALL of our @Home Workout Guides*

If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

Exercise 6: Bench Press

For this exercise, you’ll need to lay on your bed or sofa but with your feet flat on the floor. Once you’re laid down comfortably, pick up your weights in either hand and hold them at either side of your chest. From here, push your arms up into the air and bring your hands together in the middle of your chest.

Complete 3 sets of 12 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Exercise 7: Press Up Fly

For this next exercise, it’s going to be a bit easier if you’re on a hard floor or concrete in your garden instead of carpet as the dumbbells will move a little bit easier. To get started, lay flat on the floor with a dumbbell in each hand on the outside of your chest. As you push yourself in the air to perform a press up, try to bring the dumbbells together and then as you lower yourself back down, roll the dumbbells away from each other.

Complete 3 sets of 12 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Exercise 8: Standing Lateral Raises

For this next exercise, stand upright with your arms by your side. Simply hold a dumbbell in each hand and stretch your arms out to the side and raise them towards your shoulders or as high as you can. Increase your shoulder strength by controlling this movement with every single rep.

Complete 3 sets of 12 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

Try the workout

 *Check out ALL of our @Home Workout Guides*

Remember we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open.

Exercise 9: Seated Shoulder Press

Take a seat on your upright chair and hold your weighted equipment so take one object in each hand. Bring both hands up so that they’re at either side of your shoulders and simply push them into the air until they meet in the middle above your head.

Complete 3 sets of 12 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Exercise 10: Seated Tricep Extensions

Take a seat on the chair and grab a dumbbell between two hands. Place your hands behind your head and then lift the dumbbell so that it is above your head. As you’re doing this, you’ll be pull on and working your triceps which is helping them to get stronger.

Complete 3 sets of 12 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

Try the workout

 *Check out ALL of our @Home Workout Guides*

Remember we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open.

Exercise 11: Hammer Curls

Hammer curls target your biceps and will pump your arm muscles. Stand upright with your weighted equipment at either side of your body. Stand one leg slightly further out than the other for additional support and then pull your arms up towards your shoulders vertically not horizontally. Try to squeeze your arms and hold each rep for a couple of seconds to really work your muscles.

Complete 3 sets of 12 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Exercise 12: Standing Bicep Curls

For your final exercise, stand up straight with your weights in either hand. By standing up, you’ll be able to engage your core at the same time which is great for ab definition. To perform your first rep, simply pull your left arm up towards your shoulder and squeeze your bicep muscle. Now, repeat this movement with your right arm and continue alternating your arms in this way.

Complete 3 sets of 12 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

Try the workout

Watch Our Personal Trainer Video:​

Not sure how to perform each exercise? Want someone to coach you through each movement? Watch our Personal Trainer Lewis as he guides you through this full Dumbbell 2 workout.

Dumbbell 2 Circuit Workout Guide Summary:

Goal

 

Shape and Tone

Equipment

 

Dumbbells or household alternatives

Upright chair

Bed or sofa

Fitness Space

 

3m x 3m clear area like a living room, garden or dining room.

Level

 

Intermediate

Duration

 

45 minutes

Days per week

 

3

Cycle Duration

 

1 Weeks

Repeat

 

Once

Xercise4Less Home Workout Guides

We have split our at home or at the gym workouts into a number of different focuses meaning that you can target different areas of your body throughout the week in a range of different style workouts. We aim to switch up these workouts each week. Whatever your goals and however you usually spend time in the gym, take this time to embrace something new and stay on track towards your current fitness goals.

Try our Dumbbell 2 Home Workout by signing up to our exclusive member community today and get access to our motivational member forums, insider nutrition tips and much more!

Don’t Postpone Your Goals; Get Fit and Strong at Home

Being at home can still have a positive impact on your fitness journey. If you’ve got fitness goals you want to achieve, follow our home workouts and still make encouraging steps towards smashing those goals. All of the exercises that you find in our Dumbbell 2 Workout from home can be performed in the comfort of your home or back in the gym. You can access the workout wherever and whenever you like from your phone, laptop or smart device.

Home Workout Safety Information

Before following the workout, make sure that you have enough space to perform movements freely to prevent any injury. If you need a piece of furniture to perform an exercise, make sure that it can stand your weight and that the movement feels comfortable. If you’re struggling, please switch the exercise for something that feels more natural. There isn’t much different in terms of safety when it comes to home workout vs gym workouts; just practice correct form to stay safe and prevent injury.

Two Men Using TRX

Join our fun and inclusive fitness community

During this difficult time, we’re encouraging people to come together. Focus your love for fitness and the gym into our new series of home workouts that still allow you to work towards your goals and health in the comfort of your own home. Share your workouts with us and show us how you’re using this time to continue on your fitness journey with Xercise4Less Gyms. Once you’ve repeated the exercises at home and built up confidence, make a visit to the gym once we’re back open and use our wide range of quality equipment and facilities to improve your strength further.

All Xercise4Less Gyms provide members with access to a range of top quality kit as part of our great value gym memberships, including:

  • Private and self-contained Female Only gym zones for female members
  • Over 400 pieces of gym equipment for beginners to bodybuilders
  • Dedicated cardio and free weights training areas to build up your fitness
  • Motivated Personal trainers to help you achieve your health ambitions
  • Free weights ranging from 2kg to 75kg to build up your fitness
  • Wide range of resistance machines for toning and building muscle
  • Strength training apparatus like Olympic lifting platforms and squat racks for power lifters
  • Great selection of weight plates and cable machines for weight training
  • Large fitness studio perfect for stretching or creating custom mini cardio or light-weighted circuits with boxes, barbells, mats and plates
  • Purpose-built spinning-area with 30 spin bikes
  • Full-size boxing ring, MMA cage and punch bags in our amazing combat zone

Dumbbell Workout Guide | Staying Fit at Home

Dumbbell Home Workout Guide
Dumbbell Home Workout Guide

 *Check out ALL of our @Home Workout Guides*

Dumbbell Workout Guide at Home

We understand the importance of fitness, health and exercise and that’s why we’re encouraging everyone to keep working towards their goals whilst at home. At Xercise4Less Gyms, we’ve put together a number of home workouts that will help each and every single one of you focus on your fitness whilst at home, despite our gyms being closed on Government instruction from the 20th of March 2020. Smash those fitness goals, kickstart your fitness journey and join our fun and inclusive fitness community.

If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

What Is a Dumbbell Workout?

A dumbbell workout will help you work on your strength from home and hopefully build up some muscles whilst our gyms are closed and you can then use our quality equipment and facilities to develop this even further. A dumbbell workout means that you’ll be using a couple of pieces of weighted equipment – it’s a combination of full body exercises to make sure that you’re giving your whole body the fitness blast it needs at home.

Dumbbells

What You Need For a Dumbbell Workout

You’ll need at least 2 dumbbells. If you have a couple of different weights, grab all of these so that you have the option of pushing yourself when you want to. If you don’t have access to dumbbells at home, don’t worry. You can use some household alternatives such as bags of sugar or rice or just a couple of water bottles. Just give your maximum energy throughout to maximise the results. Time to blast your favourite workout playlist and get started!

Exercise 1: Goblet Lunge

To perform a goblet lunge, you’ll need one dumbbell. Hold this dumbbell between both hands close to your chest and lower your body into a lunge with your left leg. Return upright and then lunge with your right leg; keep alternating legs until all reps have been performed. Goblet lunges slightly increase the difficulty as you have the added weight on top of your bodyweight to lift up from the lunge.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

Try the workout

 *Check out ALL of our @Home Workout Guides*

Remember we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open.

Exercise 2: Squats

Grab a dumbbell in each hand or whatever household alternative you have and stand upright with your legs shoulder width apart. Slowly sit down into a squat and then return upright. It’s important to keep your back straight to avoid injury and to keep your head upright and facing forwards will help you to get the correct posture. Sit into these squats as low as you possibly can to really engage your glutes.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

Try the workout

Exercise 3: Press Up Fly

For this next exercise, it’s going to be a bit easier if you’re on a hard floor or concrete in your garden instead of carpet as the dumbbells will move a little bit easier. To get started, lay flat on the floor with a dumbbell in each hand on the outside of your chest. As you push yourself in the air to perform a press up, try to bring the dumbbells together and then as you lower yourself back down, roll the dumbbells away from each other.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

Try the workout

 *Check out ALL of our @Home Workout Guides*

Remember we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open.

Exercise 4: Decline Press Ups

For this next exercise, you’ll need your raised platform to rest your legs on. Get into the same position as you did for the last exercise, so that you’re resting your hands on your dumbbells but now your feet are on the raised platform. Now perform a press up as normal; lower yourself towards the ground and press back up into the air.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Exercise 5: Standing Shoulder Presses

Stand up straight from this next exercise and hold one dumbbell in each hand. Bring both hands up so that they’re at either side of your shoulders and simply push them into the air until they meet in the middle above your head. Try to control the movement the best that you can to prevent injury to your shoulders and back.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

Try the workout

 *Check out ALL of our @Home Workout Guides*

If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

Exercise 6: Front Raises

Stand upright again but now with your right leg out in front of your left to help with your balance. Slowly bring your right arm up out in front of you up to shoulder height and then return your arm to your hip. After this, raise your left arm and keep alternating between your arms until you’ve performed all of the reps.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Exercise 7: Bent Over Rows

Stand up straight your feet shoulder width apart. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and lean forward so that your body in nearly parallel with your ground – slightly bend your knees so that this is more comfortable. This is your starting position. Now, extend your arms down to your knees and then pull them up towards your belly button. Squeeze your back as you do this to work really work your upper body.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

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Exercise 8: Seated Bent Over Rows

For this next exercise, you’ll need a hard upright chair – something like that a dining chair or garden chair/bench and not a sofa or armchair. Sit down in the chair and hold your dumbbells at either side of you. Lean your body forward with your face parallel to the floor and then raise your arms up toward your hips and squeeze your back muscles. You should feel your back working even more as you perform each rep.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

Try the workout

 *Check out ALL of our @Home Workout Guides*

Remember we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open.

Exercise 9: Seated Tricep Extensions

Take a seat on the chair and grab a dumbbell between two hands. Place your hands behind your head and then lift the dumbbell so that it is above your head. As you’re doing this, you’ll be pull on and working your triceps which is helping them to get stronger.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

Try the workout

Exercise 10: Standing Bicep Curls

Stand up straight with your weights in either hand. By standing up, you’ll be able to engage your core at the same time which is great for ab definition. To perform your first rep, simply pull your left arm up towards your shoulder and squeeze your bicep muscle. Now, repeat this movement with your right arm and continue alternating your arms in this way.

Complete 2 sets of 15 reps with a 30 second rest after each set.

Try the workout

Watch Our Personal Trainer Video:​

Not sure how to perform each exercise? Want someone to coach you through each movement? Watch our Personal Trainer Lewis as he guides you through this full Dumbbell Workout.

Dumbbell Workout Guide Summary:

Goal

 

Shape and Tone

Equipment

 

Dumbbells or household alternatives

Upright chair

Raised platform i.e. storage box, coffee table, step

Fitness Space

 

3m x 3m clear area like a living room, garden or dining room.

Level

 

Beginner

Duration

 

30 minutes

Days per week

 

3

Cycle Duration

 

1 Weeks

Repeat

 

Once

Xercise4Less Home Workout Guides

We have split our at home or at the gym workouts into a number of different focuses meaning that you can target different areas of your body throughout the week in a range of different style workouts. We aim to switch up these workouts each week. Whatever your goals and however you usually spend time in the gym, take this time to embrace something new and stay on track towards your current fitness goals.

Try our Dumbbell Home Workout by signing up to our exclusive member community today and get access to our motivational member forums, insider nutrition tips and much more!

Don’t Postpone Your Goals; Get Fit and Strong at Home

Being at home can still have a positive impact on your fitness journey. If you’ve got fitness goals you want to achieve, follow our home workouts and still make encouraging steps towards smashing those goals. All of the exercises that you find in our Dumbbell Workout from home can be performed in the comfort of your home or back in the gym. You can access the workout wherever and whenever you like from your phone, laptop or smart device.

Home Workout Safety Information

Before following the workout, make sure that you have enough space to perform movements freely to prevent any injury. If you need a piece of furniture to perform an exercise, make sure that it can stand your weight and that the movement feels comfortable. If you’re struggling, please switch the exercise for something that feels more natural. There isn’t much different in terms of safety when it comes to home workout vs gym workouts; just practice correct form to stay safe and prevent injury.

Improve health at the gym

Join our fun and inclusive fitness community

During this difficult time, we’re encouraging people to come together. Focus your love for fitness and the gym into our new series of home workouts that still allow you to work towards your goals and health in the comfort of your own home. Share your workouts with us and show us how you’re using this time to continue on your fitness journey with Xercise4Less Gyms. Once you’ve repeated the exercises at home and built up confidence, make a visit to the gym once we’re back open and use our wide range of quality equipment and facilities to improve your strength further.

All Xercise4Less Gyms provide members with access to a range of top quality kit as part of our great value gym memberships, including:

  • Private and self-contained Female Only gym zones for female members
  • Over 400 pieces of gym equipment for beginners to bodybuilders
  • Dedicated cardio and free weights training areas to build up your fitness
  • Motivated Personal trainers to help you achieve your health ambitions
  • Free weights ranging from 2kg to 75kg to build up your fitness
  • Wide range of resistance machines for toning and building muscle
  • Strength training apparatus like Olympic lifting platforms and squat racks for power lifters
  • Great selection of weight plates and cable machines for weight training
  • Large fitness studio perfect for stretching or creating custom mini cardio or light-weighted circuits with boxes, barbells, mats and plates
  • Purpose-built spinning-area with 30 spin bikes
  • Full-size boxing ring, MMA cage and punch bags in our amazing combat zone

Working Out with Weights At Home

Dumbbells
Dumbbells

Using Weights to Encourage Progress at Home

We have a wide range of free weights and resistance equipment in all of our gyms which help you to increase muscle and boost your strength at Xercise4Less. Whilst our gyms are temporarily closed under Government instruction, we want to help you keep making positive progress with your fitness.

By using weighted equipment such as dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells and medicine balls, you have option to increase your muscle mass or just maintain the strength and muscle you already have. Play around with different techniques and styles of training to see which way of working works best for you.

Dumbbells at Home Equipment

Get Creative with Your Weights at Home

If you’re one of the lucky ones who has some weighted equipment at home then congratulations! We’re aware that this equipment is difficult to hold of with an increase in demand so if you haven’t got equipment such as kettlebells, dumbbells, benches and squat racks at home, that’s not a problem because there are ways to work around this.

There are some great dumbbell alternatives that you probably already have in your home that you never thought of using. You could fill up some water bottles or empty fabric softener bottles. Bags of rice and sugar are also good alternatives. For heavier weights, fill two carrier bags with an even amount of jars and tins. To recreate a kettlebell at home, fill up a rucksack with heavy household items or use a tin of paint or even a bag of protein. Barbells could be created with some filled washing baskets on either side of a stick or pole. The possibilities are endless, just get creative and see what you already have in your home space.

Get creative with your types of training too. To encourage muscle growth, use time under tension techniques. This means performing reps slowly e.g. lower your body into a squat for 3 seconds, hold it and then return upright in 3 seconds. If you struggle with the weight whilst doing it, lower the weight and if it’s too easy, increase it.

Another way to maintain muscle and possibly boost strength is to perform a high number of reps and keep pushing yourself until you have no option but to give in. This means that you’re reaching your full potential and your muscles have no option but to get stronger. Increasing the frequency of training certain muscles will help you whilst you’ve got limited equipment too. Repeat the same 3 workouts twice in a week to ensure you’re maintaining the muscle that you’ve worked hard to build.

Man doing Home Workout with Weights

Preventing Injury with Weighted Workouts

Whilst using free weights equipment at home, it’s just as important as ever to make sure that you’re exercising safely to prevent injury. Just like you would when using our gyms, before you start your workout, you need to be in a big enough exercise space so that you can move freely with little to no limitations.

If you can, try to position your workout in front of a mirror or somewhere that you’re able to see your reflection so that you can keep an eye on your form. For example, when performing weights squats your back should be straight at all times and not hunch over. If you don’t have a mirror big enough, set up your phone to record yourself and then watch it back to see if you’re making any mistakes that you can rectify next time. If you’re unsure of how to perform an exercise, complete your first couple of sets slowly until you’re comfortable with the form and can feel it working the correct muscles.

Home Workouts Will Help You on Your Fitness Journey

We understand how important your fitness journey is to you and that’s why we’ve created a wide range of @Home Workouts for different fitness abilities and fitness goals so that everyone can focus on their fitness journey at home. By signing up to our FREE 90 day online gym pass, you’ll have access to exclusive home workouts such a HIIT, Abs, Core, Buns of Steel, Shoulder Blast and many more. All existing Xercise4Less Gyms members already have access.

Stay active, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you once our gyms reopen.