This Squats Variation is a Great Fat Burning Exercise and is done while Holding Dumbbells at your Sides
Welcome to our Dumbbell Squats Exercise Instruction Guide!
On this page you'll learn how to do this squats variation using the correct technique. Below you'll find pictures, exercise instructions, and tips on how to get the most out of this and other Leg Exercises so you can immediately add to your Leg Workouts.
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|Exercise Name:||Dumbbell Squats|
|Secondary Muscle(s):||Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Lower Back|
|Equipment Required:||Dumbbells |
Exercise Description and Instruction:
Dumbbell Squats are a variation of Barbell Squats
and are a great Fat Burning Exercise
as you work all of the major muscles of the leg and have to support the dumbbells at your sides using your upper body.
To Perform This Exercise:
- Hold dumbbells in each hand at your sides and stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your knees and toes pointing forward.
- Slowly lower the weights by bending forward at the knees and allowing your hips to bend back as if you are sitting down (squatting). Descend until your thighs are just past parallel to floor.
- Return to the starting position by pressing upwards and extending your legs while maintaining an equal distribution of weight on your forefoot and heel. Continue looking forward.
- Once you have returned to the starting position, pause for a moment then and repeat.
- Practice Squats without any weight to allow yourself to become comfortable with the movements.
- Only use an amount of weight that allows you to perform the lift correctly. Using too much weight and not fully descending at the bottom of the lift is dangerous and causes muscular imbalances between your quadriceps and hamstrings, which can lead to knee injuries.
- Use a wider stance to place more of an emphasis on your hamstrings and glutes.
- Keep your head facing forward, your back straight and your feet flat on the floor throughout the exercise. You should maintain equal weight distribution on your forefoot and heel during the lift.
Other Popular Leg Exercises:
Check out some of our other popular Lower Body Exercises. These pages link to all of our variations of the most popular leg exercises:
Now that you've seen Dumbbell Squats, which primarily targets your Quads, check out all of our different Quadriceps Exercises.
Also view our Leg Exercises
Page, which links to our Quadriceps Exercises
as well as our Calf Exercises, Glute Exercises
and Hamstring Exercises.
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