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Dumbbell Routines and Exercises

Dumbbell Exercises and Lifting Routines

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START: Stand with your chest lifted, holding the weights in front of your thighs, palms facing your legs and elbows slightly bent. MOVE: Bring your elbows up and out to your sides as you lift the dumbbells, keeping your wrists straight. When your elbows reach shoulder level, the inside plates of the dumbbells at your armpits, reverse direction and lower the weights under control to the start.

START: Günter straddles an incline bench and leans his chest against the pad. "You want your torso to be almost parallel to the floor so you hit your rear delts as you lift the weights out to each side," he says. At the start, his arms hang down with a slight bend in his elbows. MOVE: Günter leads with his elbows to lift the dumbbells out to his sides to shoulder level. He explains that it's important to bring your elbows straight out from the shoulder rather than lifting them rearward, which would recruit more of your upper back than your rear delts.

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Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.

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