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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

Kettlebell Workout Guide | Staying Fit at Home

Kettlebell Home Workout Guide
Kettlebell Home Workout Guide

 *Check out ALL of our @Home Workout Guides*

Kettlebell 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 Kettlebell Workout?

A kettlebell workout will help you work on your strength from home and hopefully build up some muscle whilst our gyms are closed and you can then use our quality equipment and facilities to develop this even further. A kettlebell workout is a combination of full body exercises to make sure that you’re giving your whole body the fitness blast it needs at home or outside in your garden.

Older Woman Training with Kettlebell

What You Need For a Kettlebell Workout

You’ll need at least 1 kettlebell. If you have a couple of different weighted kettlebells, grab all of these so that you have the option lifting heavier weights on different exercises. If you don’t have access to a kettlebell at home, don’t worry. A good household alternative is a filling up a bag or rucksack with household items so that you’re carrying one object with a substantial amount of weight behind it. Give your maximum energy throughout to maximise the results.

Exercise 1: Kettlebell Swings

Stand up straight with your legs shoulder width apart. Hold your kettlebell between you legs with both hands. Hold it by the handle to make it easier to swing. Slightly bend your knees and stick your bum out. Thrust your hips forward to help you swing the kettlebell upwards until your hands are up to shoulder height. Squeeze your bum at the top of the swing to really engage your glutes with each swing.

Complete 3 sets of with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

Try the workout

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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 Squats

Stand upright and hold your weight with both hands close to your chest. Stand with your feet hip width apart and sit down into a low squat. A goblet squat is all about that depth so try to get as low as you can to really feel the benefits of this exercise.

Complete 3 sets of with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Exercise 3: Deadlifts

A deadlift is a great full body exercise and definitely works those legs. Start by standing upright holding your ‘kettlebell’ between your legs. Bend down so that you touch the floor with your weight and then stand upright again, slightly leaning back as you come up. Try to keep your back straight when performing because hunching can cause an injury to your lower back.

Complete 3 sets of with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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: Goblet Lunges

To perform a goblet lunge, you’ll need to hold your kettlebell between both hands close to your chest. Lower your body into a lunge with your left leg and then return upright. 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 with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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Exercise 5: Bottom Up Presses

For this next exercise, you’ll need two lighter kettlebell or just two lighter weighted objects. Hold the weights in front of your shoulders and then press your shoulders into the air to finish this workout with a shoulder burning exercise.  

Complete 3 sets of this exercise with a 30 second rest between each set. The first set should be 12 reps, then 10 reps, then 8 reps.

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.

Watch Our Personal Trainer Video:

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

Kettlebell Workout Guide Summary:

Goal

 

Get Fit

Equipment

 

Kettlebell(s)

Fitness Space

 

4m x 4m clear area like a living room, garden or dining room.

Level

 

Novice

Duration

 

25 minutes

Days per week

 

1

Cycle Duration

 

1 Weeks

Repeat

 

Once a day

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 Kettlebell 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 Kettlebell 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.

Man Weight Lifting

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.

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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.

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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

Using Your Bodyweight to Boost Your Fitness

Man Doing Plank in Gym
Man Doing Plank in Gym

Equipment Free Workouts with Your Bodyweight

Whilst our gyms are closed, we’re encouraging our members to continue working on their fitness and to keep pushing themselves to achieve amazing things just as they were before we closed our gyms. You might have limited amount of equipment or have none at all but that’s not a problem. There are plenty of ways that you can use just your bodyweight to exercise in the comfort of your own home or your garden and still make positive steps on your fitness journey.

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Useful Bodyweight Exercise to Try at Home

The possibilities with bodyweight exercises is endless. They’re also very simple exercises that everyone can perform no matter their fitness ability and strength. Bodyweight exercises require nothing expect yourself. No need for anything else. If you’re new to exercise or a gym veteran, bodyweight exercises can be really useful to include in your daily exercise routine at home or at the gym. Once our gyms reopen, keep performing these type of exercises as they’ll help with day-to-day tasks and your general health.

Some of the best bodyweight exercises for your lower body are squats, lunges, glute bridges, donkey kicks and jumping squats. These all push your muscles to work harder in your lower body and increase strength and mobility. If you’d like to work on your upper body, you’ll want to do exercises such a press ups, back raises, tricep dips and pull ups. All of these can be performed using just your bodyweight and have an amazing impact on your strength, muscle definition and general fitness. To really work your core and tone your stomach, bodyweight abs exercises are really effective. This means exercises such as sit ups, crunches, shoulder taps and scissor kicks.

Once you’ve got the basic moves mastered, this is when you can push yourself slightly out of your comfort zone and use weights and other machines and equipment to help you smash your goals and make positive growth on your fitness journey.

Neglecting Bodyweight is Neglecting Your Goals

Sometimes people think to get bigger and stronger you have to be using weights. Of course, weights are important in regards to this and are the catalyst for muscle growth and muscle definition but this will be difficult to do without having a strong base.

If you’re lifting heavy, perform bodyweight exercises to help you warm up and ease your muscles into the workout. If you’re new to the gyms and exercises, bodyweight exercises help to build up a strong foundation. For example, to work on your upper body strength, start with bodyweight press ups either laid flat or on your knees. Once you’ve built up enough confidence and strength to complete multiple sets of these quite easily, you can then move onto much more challenging exercises such as a bench press or chest fly.

You can make amazing progress just by using your bodyweight so try not to neglect these type of exercises and movements. Sometimes people think by doing bodyweight exercise that they’re not making progress when in fact, you’re making amazing progress and building strong foundations across your body to help you with running, weight training, group exercises class or general daily tasks.

Exercise at Home to Suit You and Your Goals

Whilst you might be missing your favourite piece of equipment from your Xercise4Less gym, use this time to try new things and mix up your typical training routine. If you usually rush over to the squat rack, follow a Leg Circuit in your living room of bodyweight lunges, squats and glute bridges and keep going until your muscles give in. If you’re a big fan of cardio training on the stair climbers, why not follow a HIIT workout guide packed with bodyweight moves to raise your heart rate and burn calories fast? Plus, all of our quality equipment and facilities will be waiting for you upon your return.

We’ve put together a wide range of  @Home Workouts that you can complete in the comfort of your own home/garden. There is something for everyone – any ability, any fitness goal, any age – so whilst our gyms are temporarily closed, give one of them a try and see how it goes. You might just fall in love with a type of training that you never tried before.

Whatever you’re doing at the moment, try your best to establish a positive exercises routine, stay safe, look after your mental health and we’ll see you once we reopen.

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.

Diverging Lat Pulldown Workout Guide

Diverging Lat Pulldown
Diverging Lat Pulldown

Increase muscle definition on your back

Start building up muscles in your back and increase your upper body strength using the diverging lat pulldown at Xercise4Less Gyms. Improve your strength, muscle mass and general fitness and stamina using this machine in the resistance machine gym zones.

To elevate your back workout or take your full body workout to a new level, maximise this piece of equipment and start reaping the benefits! This machine was designed to help you target your latissimus dorsi (lats) which are the biggest muscle in your back. With toned and defined lats, your back will look much more muscular and stronger.

Using the diverging lat pulldown

Resistance machine zones at Xercise4Less have something for everyone and helps people target individual muscles and potential problem areas. The diverging lat pulldown will help every member work on their back muscles and strength regardless of their strength and amount of weight training experience.

Before using the lat pulldown, sit down and adjust the leg rest so that it is resting just above your thighs. The pads shouldn’t be squashing your legs but there shouldn’t be a huge gap as this will make the weight lift more difficult. Once you’re comfortable, sit down and choose the weight you want to lift by moving the pin. Now you’re ready to lift!

Stand to reach the diverging lat pulldown handles and return to your seat. Pull the handles down so that your elbows are close to your waist, hold for a second and stretch your arms until they are straight. Repeat this 10 times and then rest for a couple of minutes. Repeat this for 3 sets. Try to increase the weight as you go to start building up strength and muscle. Once finished, return the diverging lat pulldown to the original motion and stand up.

To start seeing results in your lats, repeat exercises like this regularly during your back workout. Once you feel confident, start to use different machines such as the lat pulldown or assisted pull-up machine to build strength. You’ll then be able to perform exercises like deadlifts and bent over rows with more confidence.

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Get stronger, get bigger and get fitter

In our inclusive and great value gyms at Xercise4Less, we have a wide range of machines in the resistance machines zone to help you build up strength. No matter your fitness goals and preferred type of training, we have something to suit you.

Try to push yourself every time you step into the gym. This might mean squeezing a few extra reps into your workout or increasing the weight so that you’re building up strength and the size of your muscles. The diverging lat pulldown machine should be used regularly in your back workout, pull day or in a full body workout so that you’re able to work numerous muscles at one time and create a balanced amount of strength in your upper body.

It’s really important to get your form right though. This not only prevents injury but maximises your workouts because your body is working to its full potential. If you ever start to feel pain whilst using the diverging lat pulldown, it’s likely that your form isn’t right so try to perfect this and then you’ll smash it.

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Join our fitness community

Become an Xercise4Less member today and start smashing your fitness goals! Take those all-important steps on your gym journey by becoming part of our inclusive community. Benefit from quality gym facilities like our Ladies Only Gym Zone, spacious Spin Studio or Combat Zone with full-sized boxing ring or attend one of our classes including the famous Les Mills sessions – either way, completely transform your workout programme.

Whether you’ve never stepped into the gym before or you’re an experienced gym user, join Xercise4Less Gyms today and start transforming your physical and mental health.

Benefits of Resistance Machine Gym Workouts

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Older Woman using Smith Machine _ Weights

Improve your physical health with resistance machines

By using resistance machines available to you in our Xercise4Less Gyms, you’ll be able to transform your body and transform your fitness. Move one step closer to your fitness goals by using our resistance machines gym zones which include machines such as the leg press, lat pulldown and abdominal crunch.

There are many benefits to resistance training that you don’t want to miss out on. Resistance machines help with muscle gain and improve individual muscle strength. Using these machines regularly will also boost weight loss and burn fat at a faster rate which will improve your body confidence and make you feel happier and healthier.

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Resistance workouts increase strength and build muscle

One of the best things about resistance machines at Xercise4Less Gyms is that they help you to get stronger and grow muscle. Resistance training allows you to work on growing individual muscles through targeted movements. For example, the lat pulldown focuses only on your latissimus dorsi (lats) which allows you to really push yourself during your back workout to get bigger and stronger. If you feel like you’ve got specific problem areas on your body or just want to work on getting some muscles bigger than others, resistance machines can really help.

Xercise4Less Gyms have resistance machines that help you work all muscle groups. During your next back workout, use the seated row. For your next abs workout, use the abdominal crunch. For your next shoulder workout, use the shoulder press. Whatever your fitness goals, however you want your body to look, resistance machines will help you to achieve the muscle definition you want.

Weight loss with resistance workouts

The possibilities to achieve your weight loss goals at Xercise4Less Gyms are endless. You’ve got access to a wide range of cardio equipment, an amount of free weights equipment to last a lifetime and resistance machines that allow you to target every single muscle group.

Resistance machines help you to isolate key problem areas and work these muscles to make them stronger but also more defined. You’ll increase muscle definition by losing body fat too. For example, if your lower arms bother you and are a reason for low body confidence, the tricep extension machine and seated tricep dip will help you to reduce body fat and build muscle in your arms. This will result in toned arms. 

Resistance machines also help you to burn calories at a quicker rate. Following a resistance workout, especially at a high-intensity level (i.e. low weight, high reps or intermediate weight and fast reps) will increase your heart rate and put your body into a fat burning state. This helps your body to burn more calories and ultimately lose more weight. To work towards your weight loss goals, don’t neglect resistance machines because they can really help to improve your weight loss journey.

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Become an Xercise4Less Gyms member today

Join Xercise4Less Gyms today and maximise your potential to help you boost your fitness and smash your fitness goals. Whether you’re new to gyms, a casual gym goer or have been using the gym for years, we have something to for you! Our members have access to unique combat equipment including boxing rings and MMA cages, resistance machines, free weights and cardio machines. We provide women the comfort of a ladies only zone and offer a wide range of group exercise classes including Les Mills workouts, spin, yoga and Zumba to help you smash your goals.

Build Up Muscle With Strengthening Exercises

Strengthening Exercises
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Increase muscle strength in the gym

There are many ways in which you can build muscle. It can be through cardio, resistance or just by general exercise. But how can you develop your muscle with specific exercises, and what are the long-term benefits of strengthening? Read below to find out more on how to build up your strength with simple exercises you can incorporate into your fitness workout.

What are strength exercises?

Specific strength exercises are designed to give your muscles a more rigorous workout than they are typically used to. This works to increase the strength of the muscle as well as the size and power, giving you more of an output to create explosive movements. Furthermore, strength exercises also improve the endurance of your muscles, giving you extra dynamism to complete more intense exercises, for longer.

Strength activities usually involve you using your body weight or working against a resistance to generate extra difficulty and exertion. This is something you are better off building up over a period of time to help prevent the risk of injury or discomfort which may hamper your body in the long run.

Typically, you should look to do two or more sessions of muscle strengthening exercises a week. This is so you are not placing too much strain or pressure on a particular part of the body. Remember, building up slowly is the key to increased muscle strength. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

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Examples of effective strength exercises

As previously mentioned, there are a number of strengthening exercises you can complete at your local Xercise4Less gym. You do not have to devote a whole fitness session to strength, you can put in some work before or after the main component of your workout. Cardio exercises such as cycling, walking on an incline and using the stepper machine are ideal for improving strength. Alternatively, resistance exercises have a benefit to your muscles, with lifting weights being the main source of adding strength. If you have already got your fix of cardio or resistance training, then why not try some core stretches and exercises to help build up your muscle. Push-ups, sit-ups and squats are the most effective exercises to boost your strength workout.

Strengthening Exercises - Sam Chia Cycling

Join the Xercise4Less Gym community

We are proud of our friendly staff and inclusive community in our gyms and welcome people from all backgrounds and experiences to join us. Whether you’ve never stepped foot into a gym before or are an experience gym goer, join the Xercise4Less community today and take those all important first steps onto your health and fitness journey.

Our members find everything they need to reach their personal goals in regard to health and fitness from our friendly staff to dedicated Ladies Only gym zone, special Spin studio or group fitness classes including Les Mills workouts and also toning and conditioning.

Benefits of Squats in Your Training Workouts

Squats in Class
Squats in Class

Make Squats a Key Part of Your Strength Training

At Xercise4Less Gyms we know just how great of an exercise squats can be. In fact, some people swear by squats so much that they think it’s the one workout you should always include in your strength training programme. But what exactly is a squat?

A squat is a compound movement (uses more than one joint) for your lower body and which requires a lot of muscles to perform correctly, particularly using weights like barbells. Squats will build your leg muscles, strengthen your glutes, and tone many other muscles besides.

Ready to give squats a go and incorporate them into your next workout routine? Read on for all the benefits of squats, when you should do them during your workout week and what the best squat technique is for you. 

The Real Benefits of Squats in an Xercise4Less Gym

Squatting with a barbell on your shoulder really builds your main leg muscles: quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves but that’s just the start. Improved lower body strength through squats also improves your athletic performance and your everyday mobility and posture. Squats engage your ankle, knee and hip joints all at the same time strengthening them for normal daily activities like lifting or bending and help keep you mobile longer in life. Literally nothing is left out when you squat though; you work your back, your core, your shoulders, and your arms. By using so many muscle groups in a squat, your body burns a huge number of calories in the process. And, of course, most cardio and sports need a strong lower body so effective squats allow you to run faster and for longer thanks to your improved leg strength. Finally, there are loads of squat variations so you can change up your workouts and keep challenging your body.

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When to Include Squats in Your Weightlifting Programme

You could squat 3 times a week but most people work out with squats no more than once or twice a week so their muscles can fully recover. Squats are usually included on either a leg day, lower body day, or push day.  

If you want an expert to check your squat form, our staff will help you to perform a proper squat. And that’s key because it’s important to get your form right to perform the exercise the most effective way possible. Once you have the right squat form, squats are hugely effective in building muscle and improving your body shape.

Read our brief guide as to the best form for squats below.

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The Best Technique for Gym Squats

Squats need to be done correctly for maximum effectiveness so this is how you should perform a squat:

  • Stand with the barbell on your back and a slightly wider than shoulder width stance
  • Bend at the knees, pushing the hips back but keeping your torso straight
  • Keep squatting until your thighs are parallel to the ground
  • Then squat back up to the starting position, keeping your knees in line with your shins and maintaining a straight torso

You can choose from many different forms of squats, but the most common type of barbell squats are the high bar back squat or Olympic squat, a low bar back squat, and a front squat. All of these use a barbell, but the placement is different in each type. As all our bodies are different, your squats won’t look exactly the same as other gym users but don’t worry!

Join Xercise4Less Gyms and Get into Your Very Best Shape

At Xercise4Less Gyms we want to empower you to find the right fitness programme for your fitness goals – and we think that squats are an important part of getting you into the best shape possible.

If you’re not already a member of Xercise4Less Gyms what are you waiting for? You could exercise at a great value gym which provides a non-intimidating, friendly and inclusive environment for members at every stage of their fitness journey. Whether you’re just getting started or want to start training for a marathon, you’ll be inspired to reach your fitness goals when you join Xercise4Less Gyms today.

Strength Training Exercises For Losing Belly Fat

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strength training - feature

Effective strength training exercises for losing belly fat

When it comes to losing belly fat, your first thought might be running on a treadmill or taking on a stepper. And you wouldn’t be wrong about using cardio to lose fat but strength training along with a healthy diet is a key component of any successful weight loss plan. In fact, weight lifting is a very effective method of burning body fat including your love handles. To lose belly fat, you have to lose overall body fat. By increasing your muscle mass through lifting weights, you boost your metabolism and you burn more calories and more fat at rest. As a bonus, lifting weights heavy enough to challenge you but still allow you to finish full sets also burns plenty of calories.

Lose belly fat with squats

As far as weightlifting exercises for belly fat goes, Squats are the perfect way to start our strength training list. Squats are a compound movement that work your entire body, improving your leg strength and building a solid core. Add a dumbbell or barbell to your squats and you’ll shed stomach fat, ramp up your metabolism and improve your overall fitness even quicker than you could hope for.

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Deadlifts help reduce stomach fat

At Xercise4Less gyms we find Deadlifts a very efficient way of pushing your whole body. Using a barbell our gym members are able to add muscle and supercharge their metabolism to help burn stubborn belly fat. You’ll build strength in your lower body from your abs and thighs to your legs and lower back. Finally blitz your belly fat for good with a Deadlift compound movement.

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Forward lunge bicep curls for a flatter belly

Lose belly fat working out with the many free weights available in our Xercise4Less gyms. Step forward then a great way to max your belly fat–burning: the Forward Lunge Bicep Curl. This strength training exercise targets your quads, hamstrings, glutes and, of course, your biceps. Ideal as part of any effective fat loss workout, the Forward Lunge Bicep Curl combines a popular upper body exercise in the bicep curl with one of the best leg exercises in the forward lunge to give you a whole body workout that will really leave you furiously melting calories.

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Melt that belly fat with some kettlebell swings

Grab a kettlebell in the large Xercise4Less free weights area and start swinging into belly fat burning mode. Explosive training moves like Kettlebell Swings are perfect if you’re looking to improve your strength and torch fat at the same time. You’ll develop your muscle endurance, build solid glutes, more flexible hips and eventually a toned core. Say hello to the Kettlebell Swing and wave by bye to belly fat.

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Continue burning fat with suitcase carries

Sounds simple doesn’t it? Hold a kettlebell on one side and walk for a short distance, engaging your core at the same time, just as if you were carrying a suitcase. Suitcase Carries are actually simply wonderful for helping get rid of belly fat! Don’t worry, do a few of these strength training exercises and you’ll soon feel the calories burn. An all-around weights exercise that raises your heart rate, builds your core strength and targets lots of major muscles from quads and shoulders to biceps and obliques. You even gain better posture but most importantly you lose body fat faster when you include Suitcase Carries in your Xercise4Less gym programme.

Strength training that blasts fat with Xercise4Less Gyms

Smash your weight loss targets with Xercise4Less Gyms. When you want strength training exercises that help you burn belly fat, you want the fantastic facilities available to Xercise4Less gym members. Strengthen your body more effectively in our large free weights area or weightlift privately in our Ladies Only Gym Zone. Whatever method of exercise you need to lose belly fat, from our inclusive fitness classes to a full-size boxing ring and spin studio, you’ll find what you want at your local Xercise4Less Gym.