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Back to Basics: Dumbbell Squats

Dumbbell Squats: The Move With No Regrets

Although most of us have a love-hate relationship with squats, having strong quads, hamstrings, and glutes is essential if you're looking to perform at your best as well as help prevent sports-related injuries. Going back to the basics, dumbbell squats are an easy and effective exercise to add to your weight workout by helping tone your upper body as well. Get familiar with the move below.

  • Stand with your feet hip-distance apart, holding a dumbbell at each shoulder.
  • Slowly bend your knees as if you were going to sit in a chair, keeping all the weight in your heels. Don't let your knees move beyond your toes, and don't let the knees roll out or in. Squat down as low as you can, keeping your head and chest lifted, your spine long, and your shoulders relaxed.
  • Press through your heels, and slowly straighten your legs to stand up. Make sure to keep your spine neutral. Do not round your back.
  • Do three sets of 12 to 15 reps.

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ferret ferret 8 years
@tls girl: key is to "keeping all the weight in your heels". did you try that? sometimes it takes practice in getting to full quat form... i had a balance issue before, too.
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
Hey! I was doing these last night while watching 30 Rock. Gotta love squats and lunges! Good for the tush.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I wish I could do squats. I've tried so many times, and I swear, I always lose my balance and fall over. It's like I have no center of gravity.
Diana-Prince Diana-Prince 8 years
Another interesting way to do it is to only hold a weight in one hand. That way you're more likely to engage the core. Obviously, do an equal amount of the weight in each hand.
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