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Dumbbell Exercises for Women

As the dumbbell workout is great for anyone with any fitness abilities, these dumbbell exercises for women are especially great for beginners to advanced! Most dumbbell exercises can be tailored to what you want from a dumbbell workout simply by increasing the dumbbell weight and number of repetitions or sets.

Remember, if you are interested in your fitness then this could be one of the perfect workouts for you! Different types of dumbbell exercises work on different points on your body so you can focus on certain muscles or do a whole body workout if you wish.

5 Best Dumbell Exercises for Women

All of the following dumbbell exercises for women can be done as single-dumbbell or double-dumbbell exercises. You can increase the weight according to your strength, but start of with a dumbbell weighing less than 5lbs. If doing 10 repetitions of an exercise strains your muscles then choose a lighter weight.

  • Bent-Over Row: using a bench press, or some sort of raised flat service, place your left knee and hand on the bench with the dumbbell in your right hand, bring your hand towards your rib cage and lower it again, your face should be looking down at the bench
  • Chest Press: lying flt with your back against a bench press, holding the dumbbell(s) by your chest, raise your arm straight upwards and lower it again
  • Arm Pull-Over with Leg Crunch: lying flat on your back, holding a dumbbell in each hand straight above your head, raise your arms and legs slightly towards each other to feel a burn in your abs
  • Stiff-Leg Deadlift: standing straight with the dumbbell(s) by your side, bend forward at the waist keeping your back straight and return
  • Obliques: standing straight with one weight in your hand, bend the other arm upwards to hold your head, bend over to the side holding the weight

Include these dumbbell exercises for women into your dumbbell workout routine for best effects, visit our other pages for videos and more examples. View some of our dumbbell workout tips too, answer some doubts you may have!

 

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Dumbbell Workout Tips

Dumbbells are a popular piece of exercise equipment and the dumbbell workout is simple and great to follow. As with other workouts, you need to assess your own abilities or seek professional advice if you are unsure about anything from how intense to workout to what are the right exercises for you.

As far as fitness goes, the dumbbell workout specifically builds, tones and strengthens muscle and can be used to even out imbalances or for weight loss.

How many reps to do in my dumbbell workout?

The possibilities are numerous and will all depend on your fitness levels and goals. For toning muscle do 6-10 reps, for building muscle 8-12 reps and for extreme muscle strength 12-20 reps. The larger the amount of reps, the less sets you should be doing to avoid straining your muscles. The heavier the dumbbell weight, the less reps you should be doing to maximise the effect. To get the correct dumbbell mass you might need to trial and error, your last 2-3 reps should be a struggle but not a strain.

How heavy should my dumbbell weights be?

If you are a beginner, getting the right dumbbell weight might take a few tries to feel what is right. Always speak to a professional trainer if you are completely stuck. Generall speaking, starting off with weights betwene 5-15 pounds or 2-7kg should give you some idea of your strength. If doing 20 or less reps with your dumbbell weights is a challenge, you are close to the ideal weight. Multiple sets of fewer repetitions builds strength while more repetitions builds endurancd.

Dumbell or Barbell

 

Dumbell vs Barbell

These two pieces of workout equipment each have their benefits and disadvantages. You should have a go at using both and see which one you are more comfortable with and try different exercises with each to feel which one is better. In general, the dumbbell is good for beginners, it is more stable and it is safer and helps balance different muscle strengths. The barbell is good for exercising your legs, going to heavier weights and doing more adventurous exercises.

Can I do a dumbbell workout on the treadmill?

Yes you can! But be aware that it may cause a safety hazard. Adding weights to a cardio workout is a great way of combining two exercises in one in less time, and is a great way to build and improve your workout. There are two main ways to do this: at the same time or with intervals. If you want to add weights to jogging or running, do not go higher than 5lbs – heavy weights strain your back! For a combination workout, run/jog for 2-5 minutes and stop to complete one set of a dumbbell exercise and repeat. Always remember to do a pre workout and cool down.

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Dumbbell Exercises

Dumbbell exercises can range from easy to advanced and there are always loads to choose from. The dumbbell workout can be carried out at home or at the gym, on its own or incorporated in other workouts. So there’s no excuse to not give it a go!

The main purpose of dumbbell exercises, other than for your fitness, is to help build, tone and strengthen muscles. Each exercise is usually quite specific in its target area and you can combine them to create a dumbbell workout routine that works on the areas of your body that need the most help.

Best Dumbbell Workout Exercises

These are some of the most popular dumbbell exercises that you can choose from:

  • Dumbbell Fly: lying on an incline bench (no more than 30 degrees incline) with dumbells in each hand, bend your arms outwards holding dumbbells straight above and then stretch your arms upwards above your head
  • Bicep Curl: one arm at a time, bend your arm holding the dumbbell to your chest then extend your arm downwards and repeat
  • Shoulder Press: standing up straight with dumbbells in each hand, bend your arms at shoulder length holding the dumbells upright then extend your arms above your head
  • Lateral Raise: can be done with one or two dumbbells, with your arms lowered proceed to raise your arm, holding the dumbbells straight and in line with your shoulders
  • Dumbbell Upright Row: can be done one or two at a time, with your arms lowered holding the dumbbells, raise your arm, bending it and bringing the dumbbell inwards towards your chest

You should only use a dumbbell weight that is appropriate for your height and body weight, as well as your ability level. You can slowly increase the mass as your become more experienced or within your dumbbell workout.

Read some of our dumbbell workout tips for more information.