The 19 Best Dumbbell Exercises For Your Next Leg Day
There's nothing quite like a good dumbbell leg workout. While lifting heavy barbells is great for strengthening your lower body, you should never underestimate the power of a pair of weights, especially because they're a lot more accessible for the work-out-from-home crowd. Whether you're looking to improve your lower-body strength or build muscle in your legs and butt, there are so many squat, deadlift, and lunge variations to choose from — and we wanted to provide you with a list of some of our favorite dumbbell leg exercises to target your glutes, hamstrings, and quads. (Remember, if building muscle is your goal, consistency and diet are key too. You should be doing at least three strength workouts a week and eating a nutritious diet with plenty of protein.)
Note: what follows is not a leg-day workout with dumbbells, but a selection of moves to choose from. We recommend picking a handful of these dumbbell leg exercises and incorporating them into your next sweat session — or, yes, your next leg-day workout — to put your legs and butt to work. Remember to choose the right weight for you, start with a dynamic warmup, and, of course, a cooldown and stretching session afterward. (We want you to be able to walk up the stairs tomorrow.) Grab your weights, and let's get lifting!