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The 20 Best Dumbbell Exercises to Sculpt Your Entire Body


So, you need to know what the best dumbbell exercises are: You’re 5 days into self-isolation and finally dusted off the old hand weights to get going on some at-home sweating. Good on you.

Well, dumbbell exercises – just like a good night’s sleep or a hot cuppa – are amongst the simplest and best things we can do for our bodies. An easy way to add challenge and resistance to workouts, you’ll build and sculpt muscle throughout your whole body.

While the humble dumbbells are often overlooked in favor of the kettlebell or barbell, experts say they can be just as effective at building strength. So, don’t take your lack of full-home gym to be a bad thing – so long as you’ve got a couple of hand weights, you’re doing just fine.

Use our WH curated list of the best dumbbell exercises to spice up your next home workout. Spoiler: there are some handy pointers if you scroll to the end – from how often to train with dumbbells to how best to build muscle.

Try these 20 best dumbbell weight exercises

We’ve rounded up the moves you need to know from three top trainers – including Sandy Macaskill of Barry’s Bootcamp in London, Sarah Lindsay of Roar Fitness, and Daria Kantor of fitness platform TruBe. Better grip tight…

Stuck on what weight of dumbbell to use? Opt for the heaviest you can that still allows you to maintain good form. This is how to know you’re lifting enough.

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