Fancy equipment doesn’t build muscle – you do. And a single dumbbell or kettlebell, along with a bit of floor space, is all you need to sculpt the body you want, says strength and conditioning specialist Robert dos Remedios.
Try this workout and see for yourself.
“Not only will you simplify your training so you can better concentrate on form and activate more muscle fibres, you’ll also save a lot of time,” dos Remedios says.
Perform these exercises as a circuit, doing as many reps of each as you can in 30 seconds, then resting 30 seconds and moving on to the next. Use a single dumbbell or kettlebell the entire time, choosing the heaviest weight that allows you to complete the workout while still maintaining perfect form. Complete 3 circuits total.
Lie on the floor with your right leg bent and left leg straight, holding a dumbbell in your right hand above your chest. Without taking your eyes off the weight or bending your right arm, prop yourself up on your left elbow. Now straighten your left arm. Reverse to return to the starting position. When your 30 seconds are up, rest 30 seconds and repeat on your opposite side.
Hold a dumbbell vertically in front of your chest, cupping the top end with both hands. (Imagine that it’s a heavy goblet.) Brace your abs and lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees; your elbows should brush the inside of them. Pause, then push yourself back to the starting position.
Push Press to Windmill
Start by standing, holding a dumbbell in your right hand just outside your shoulder. Dip your knees then push up explosively, using the momentum from your push to help you press the weight overhead. With the dumbbell still overhead, pivot your left foot 45° to your left, push your hips to the right, and slide your left hand down your left leg. Pause, then reverse the move to return to the starting position. When your 30 seconds are up, rest 30 seconds and repeat on your opposite side.