Best Dumbbell Exercises to Strengthen Every Part of Your Body

Half-Kneeling Rotational Lift

Targets: core, shoulders

How to do it: Begin in a kneeling lunge position with your left foot forward and your right knee on the ground. (Grab a pillow if you need some extra cushion for that joint!) Hold one dumbbell by holding the ends in each hand by your right hip. While keeping your elbows straight, lift the dumbbell up and across your body. Once you reach the top, bring the weight back down towards your right hip. Switch over to the other side once you’ve done your reps.

Overhead Tricep ExtensionPause Icon

Targets: triceps, shoulders, core

How to do it: Stand tall while holding one dumbbell. Lift the dumbbell over and behind your head then grab one end with both hands. Lower the dumbbell at least until your elbows form a 90 degree angle. Keep the elbows tucked in towards your head. Do not let them flare out. Next: Press the dumbbell straight up as you straighten your elbows. Slowly bring the dumbbell back down. That’s one rep. Repeat until you’re complete.