Part 2 - Top 16 Dumbbell Exercises with the Powertec Workbench Dumbbell Rack
Ok, ok, ok! I assume you have read through Part I of this epic read on how to have atotal workout using only dumbbells. If not, check before proceeding to this article. Wehad already listed 8 excellent workouts down, now 8 more to go. You’re into all of theseexercises but you still want BIG ARMS! Remember that compound pushing buildsTriceps and Compound Pulls builds Biceps. Still want more! I don’t blame you.Though I know intellectually that these other movements are great for the arms, I toolike to do some ARM-SPECIFIC work to MAXIMIZE their potential. So here is what youneed to do?ARMS Photo Credit: bodybuilding.com 1. Dumbbell Bicep Curls. This is possibly the MOST POPULAR exercise amongst men. It’s surely right up there with Bench Press. Anyway it is good at
bringing out the peak of the bicep. You can do Standing or Seated Variations. You can also do them in Alternating fashion or Simultaneously. However you decide to do them, you will increase the size of your biceps considerably if you do them a couple times a week with good form. Photo credit: bodybuilding.com2. Hammer Curls. This is a version of the Bicep curl that allows you to move more weight meaning more mass gain. Also involved in this exercise neglected in others is the Brachioradialis. What’s that you ask? It is part of the forearm. This exercise is great for bicep mass and adds size to the forearm as well.
Though everyone loves training Biceps, it’s the Triceps that make up the majority of thesize in the upper arm! So let’s get to the Tri’s… Photo Credit: bodybuilding.com 3. Skull Crushers / Lying Triceps Extensions. You can do a number of variations with one or two dumbbells. Adjusting the angle of the bench can also change the strength curve of the movement as well. Whether you are using a flat bench with One Dumbbell or Declined Bench with Two Dumbbells or another variation, this exercise with shred up the ol’ horseshoe triceps!
Photo Credit: bodybuilding.com 4. Triceps Kickback. This movement is often done with one arm at a time, though you can do both at the same time if you like. You will be hard pressed to find an exercise that generates more burn in the triceps than the kickback. Like the old Denorex commercial said, “The tingle tells me it’s working.” Get to kicking and start the burn!That’s the entire upper body blasted! Results galore! Want to take it to the next level?You can reach that next level by Increasing your Testosterone and Growth HormoneLevels NATRUALLY? How do you do that? You train your wheels with intensity! Howdo you do that with this Home Gym equipment combo?
LEGS Photo Credit: menshealth.com 5. Squats. Grab a dumbbell in each hand and sit down… Then stand up… and REPEAT! There, it’s that simple. This compound leg movement with increase Quad, Glute and Hamstring Mass. It will also stimulate an increase NATURALLY in your Testosterone and GH levels. The result is a more Ripped Body Head to Toe! You can do variations in stance, depth, open area without bench, or squat to the bench. Here the most important thing to do is SQUAT!
6. Lunges. For leg and glute development, it is a close competition between Squats and Lunges as to which is the best. Both are great and worth doing in your leg workout. What I can tell you is that if I don’t do one for a few weeks, when I bring it back into the workout it blasts my legs. For that reason I suggest Lunges AND Squats. As for the lunges you can do variations such as: Standing, Walking, Forward, Angled, et cetera. Photo credit: menshealth.com7. Step-Ups. Here is a great exercise that takes your leg training to A New Level LITERALLY! The Step-Up done properly may be the best Glute Developer. Men may not worry about shaping their glutes as much as ladies do. Ask a woman though and I bet you she tells you, “WE SHOULD!” Photo credit: menshealth.com
Photo Credit: menshealth.com 8. Calf Raises. Pick up a Dumbbell or Two and get to Raising. Single or double leg variations are both great. Depending on balancing I ssues you can hold one or two dumbbells and work your way down to just bodyweight for a drop set thoroughly burning them out.So there you have it, a COMPLETE BODY SHRED! Every body part worked withminimal equipment in minimal space. Now……Oh wait, the ABS…ABSYou may have noticed there are No ABS Specific Exercises on this list. The reason isyour Abs get a lot of work through ALL of the other exercises in this list. Doing all theother exercises and eating clean will bring out that 6-pack! Abs start in the kitchen, andnot just in the gym, esp Home Gym. Not happy with that explanation? FINE! Drop on
the floor and do some crunches, some leg raises or some woodchoppers with adumbbell! Problem solved!OK, NOW THERE YOU HAVE IT! These exercises done on a regular basis withintensity will get you results. Do you have the initiative to get started? More importantlydo you have the follow through to stick with it? Most importantly, do you have theCajones to bring the intensity each and every workout for serious results!!? I believeyou do… Prove me right!! Ian Lauer, CSCS www.ianlauer.comAbout the AuthorIan Lauer is an Actor, Fitness Model and a Certified Strength and ConditioningSpecialist via the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) as well asCertified Spencer Pilates Instructor through NESTA (National Exercise & SportsTrainers Association).Ian graduated from The College of Wooster with a degree in Chemistry with a minor inTheatre. After graduating, he acted professionally and performed in a number of stageproductions. He went to graduate school and earned a Master’s degree in Acting atWayne State University.Ian is now the Asst. Fitness Director of Cooking Me Skinny, a new national weight lossprogram launched fall of 2010, Team Powertec member, and a sponsored athlete ofTeam Sci-Fit.
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