I have written an article on chest dumbbell exercises, and another one on best chest building exercises. But I will be doing another on best dumbbell exercises that target all muscle group of the body.
You will find below some of the best dumbbell exercises and of my favorites as well. These exercises were deliberately chosen because of their effectiveness on the muscle groups. I believe you would be able to find one that you like.
Dumbbell Bench Press
This one is one of my favorites, and the good thing about dumbbell exercises is that you only need a pair of them and maybe a bench or something, and you are set for a real exercise.
If you have a reclining and declining bench, you will be able to modify the setup, such that can perform incline bench press and decline bench press. For the incline bench press, you will have to put the bench in 45-degree angle position, which will help you target the upper region of the pectorals, while the decline, that is positioning the bench below horizontal, will target the lower levels of your chest muscles.
Alternated Biceps Curl
This is yet another that is worth mentioning, without which the best dumbbell exercises list will be incomplete. Even though there are different moves of this type of dumbbell exercise, but the core reason and effect would remain to strengthen the biceps muscles and develop your forearms too.
Like I said, you can do a different move by raising the dumbbells on both hands to your chest level or you can choose to raise the dumbbells on both hands one after the other to your chest level. I believe this is commonly done by gym lovers, and I will advise you to engage in it if you haven’t been doing it.
This can be done by standing with your feet at shoulder width level apart, grab your dumbbells on both hands and raise them over your shoulder. Then start pushing/raising both hands with the dumbbells towards the ceiling or you can alternate by pushing one hand up and lowering the other. Make sure that the dumbbells are in horizontal positions in your hands.
While you can do this exercise standing, you can as well do it while sitting down too. The sitting exercise could be necessary if your ceiling is low.
This exercise mainly targets the upper body by working on your shoulders (deltoid muscles), and even the triceps too.
Just like the biceps curl targets the biceps, so also the triceps kickback is great in targeting the triceps. While you put your one knee on the bench, while the other leg on the ground with your one hand holding/supporting the shoulder, grab a dumbbell on the other hand and start raising it back and forth. For an effective bout of exercise, ensure that your upper arm stays still, thereby allowing only the lower arm do the movement of forth and back. If you don’t, your shoulder and back will take off the load from the arm, and you will get a little effect on your triceps
Kneeling One Arm Row
The kneeling one arm row squarely targets the back and probably the best back exercise that can be done using a dumbbell. Just like the triceps kickback position, put your one knee on a flat bench and the other feet on the ground/floor, while the one hand is on the bench and the other holding a dumbbell, start dropping it toward the floor and pull back again.
The Lateral Raise
The lateral raise dumbbell exercise is done by standing with your feet shoulder width apart, grab dumbbells on both hands in a vertical pattern, start to raise both dumbbells sideways up to your shoulder levels, then back again to where you bring both dumbbells close to each other at the front of your waist level. Do this repeatedly.
This exercise best targets the outer shoulder muscles.
This is yet another dumbbell exercise that is best for the chest. This can be done by lying down backward on a flat bench, with dumbbells on both hands in vertical positions. Start to move/raise the dumbbells to the front of your chest and lowering them again to your sides and up again. Make sure that your elbows are slightly curved when doing this.
These are some of the best dumbbell exercises that would really make your day at home, working place or at the gym. They are very simple to do, yet effective and within your budget. If you don’t have dumbbells yet, let me recommend this one. Click right here to find a set of dumbbells that you can afford to buy and probably with a bench too if you like.
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