Squats With Dumbbells For Beginners
So you've nailed air squats – what's the next step? Squats with dumbbells! Tone and strengthen the buttocks, thigh muscles, hamstrings and quadriceps with these three dumbbell squat variations. If you're looking for a great pair of dumbbells, check out SelectTech Dumbbells.
Bring your feet directly beneath your shoulders. Take the dumbbells up to the shoulders. Keep the knees facing forward. Drop the hips all the way down, and drive up through the heels so that the hips are really driving through the extension.
This variation allows you to be a bit more athletic. A wider base of support also makes it easier to balance. Take your feet out a bit wider. Drive down, and drive back up. Make sure that the knees are going directly forward and do not collapse into the middle.
Take one dumbbell, holding it on end. Step your feet out, and draw your toes to the outside. Drop down, and drive back up. You always want to keep the chest lifted, the spine long, reaching from the end of the tailbone all the way up through the crown of the head. Keep the weight in the heels.
Squats should always be performed with great form.
- Make sure you have a nice long spine, from the end of the tailbone all the way through the crown of the head, before sitting back into your squat.
- Make sure the knees are facing directly forward.
- Keep the chest lifted.
- Keep the weight in your heels.