30 minute beginner upper body workout with dumbbells

Here's everything you need to try our 30 minute beginner upper body workout with dumbbells. For each circuit, complete each exercise one after the other and repeat it for 3 rounds before continuing on to the next circuit.

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Sean Klein
Last updated
09/02/24
In This Workout
  • Circuit 1
  • Single Arm DB Press
  • Hammer Curls
  • DB Tall Kneeling Crush Grip Press
  • Circuit 2
  • Half Kneeling Arnold Press
  • DB Crush Grip Floor Press

Circuit 1

Complete this round 3 times.

Single Arm DB Press

Complete 10 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Single Arm DB Press

Follow these cues to perform Single Arm DB Press correctly:

  • Keep the rib cage tucked at all times
  • Do not use the other hand as a support
  • Finish with the bicep next to the ear.

Hammer Curls

Complete 14 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Hammer Curls

Follow these cues to perform Hammer Curls correctly:

  • Do not use any momentum
  • Start with the palms facing your hips.

DB Tall Kneeling Crush Grip Press

Complete 10 repetitions

Coaching Tips For DB Tall Kneeling Crush Grip Press

Follow these cues to perform DB Tall Kneeling Crush Grip Press correctly:

  • Keep rib cage tucked at all times
  • Finish with the biceps next to the ears.

Circuit 2

Complete this round 3 times.

Half Kneeling Arnold Press

Complete 10 repetitions

The half kneeling arnold press is a good vertical press variation, especially for those who are training at home with limited equipment.

Benefits of Half Kneeling Arnold Press

The main benefit of the half kneeling Arnold press is it’s ability to build muscle in the shoulders and add variety to a home training set up.

How To Do Half Kneeling Arnold Press

  1. Find a stable half kneeling position (which knee is planted doesn’t make to much of a different, if you want to change each round go ahead, if not thats also fine).
  2. Start with the palms of the hands facing the shoulders.
  3. As you lift the weights overhead twist the hands so the palms are facing away from the body.
  4. Move back to the starting position with control.

Coaching Tips For Half Kneeling Arnold Press

Follow these cues to perform Half Kneeling Arnold Press correctly:

  • Start with your palms facing your sternum and rotate outwards as you press
  • Finish with the biceps next to the ears.

DB Crush Grip Floor Press

Complete 18 repetitions

The dumbbell crush grip floor press is a great horizontal press variation if you only have access to an equipment stack with just single dumbbells.

Benefits of DB Crush Grip Floor Press

The main benefit of the dumbbell crush grip floor press is its ability to build strength and endurance in the chest / horizontal press movement pattern.

How To Do DB Crush Grip Floor Press

  1. Lye flat on the floor with the feet securely planted on the floor.
  2. With the heads of the dumbbell securely placed in both hands, press the dumbbell upward so that the hands are inline with the shoulders.
  3. Lock the elbows at the top of the repetition.
  4. Return to the starting position with control.

Coaching Tips For DB Crush Grip Floor Press

Follow these cues to perform DB Crush Grip Floor Press correctly:

  • Ensure you have a good grip on the heads of the DB
  • Lower your elbows and gentle touch them to the floor
  • Move with control.

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