Full body dumbbell workout
With people still deciding whether or not to go back to the gym, here is a workout that can work for both!
All you need is a pair of dumbbells, or if you want to get really fancy then you can get yourself 2 or 3 pairs of dumbbells of different weights.
This is a nice simple workout with one piece of equipment that will work the main groups of muscles in the body.
This is a similar movement to the squat, however, your feet are going to be in a wider stance with your toe and knees turning out slightly. Then, with a dumbbell in each hand, just like a normal squat you are going to bend at the hips and the knees, moving the hips back. Aim to get your hips in line with your knees (or slightly lower). The squeeze your glutes and draw the hips forwards to come to standing.
Start standing with your feet parallel, step your right foot out as far as possible, bending at the right knee push your hips down and back, keeping your left leg straight. Then push through the right heel to bring the foot back to centre. And repeat on the other side. You can hold the dumbells either at your sides or at your shoulders, or take on heavier dumbbell in a goblet position.
Bent Over Row
Stand with your feet slightly apart with a light dumbbell in each hand. Bend at the hips, lowering your chest while keeping your back straight and your core engaged. Draw the elbows backward, keeping them close to the body, moving the weights along the upper leg to just above the hips (think pockets) then control back down and repeat.
Grab yourself 2 dumbbells of the same weight, sit on the floor, hold onto the 2 dumbbells and lean back until you are lying on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
Hold a dumbbell in each hand above your chest with almost straight arms, then bend the elbows and bring them to the side until the upper arm is on the floor. The press up against.
Squat to Press
For this you will need two dumbbells or a resistance band. Start with the feet just over hip-width apart and a dumbbell in each hand, held at the shoulders. Bend at the hips and the knees, drawing the hips back as if you are going to sit on a small stool behind you. As you come back up to standing, drive the weights upwards in a shoulder press. Bring the weights down to the shoulders and repeat.
Try performing 10-12 repetitions of each exercise for 3 or 4 sets of each. This can be done by doing all 3/ sets of one exercise before moving on to the next, or by performing one set of all exercises then repeating 3/ 4 times like a circuit.