Dumbbell Exercises

Build Leg Power

Dumbbell Exercises - Build Leg Power
A heavy bar on the back can be extremely uncomfortable, even for seasoned lifters. Front squats are a nightmare for many athletes because they try to support the weight with their hands rather than across their upper chest. Dumbbell squats and split squats are a good way to build leg strength, while minimizing the discomfort experienced during back and front squats. Start by holding dumbbells in both hands and perform either a squat or lunge. Try to maintain a neutral spine and maximize the use of the hips. These are good exercises for people who like to work their legs using light weights— or for people who enjoy CrossFit-type workouts. (Strength Conditioning Journal, 33(6): 76-78)