30 minute beginner workout with dumbbells

Here's everything you need to try our 30 minute beginner 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
11/11/23
In This Workout
  • Circuit 1
  • DB Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support
  • Half Kneeling Arnold Press
  • Seated Straddle Lift Over Blocks
  • Dumbell Pullover on Floor

Circuit 1

Complete this round 3 times.

DB Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support

Complete 7 repetitions

The DB single leg straight leg deadlift with wall support is one of the best single leg hinging exercises in our exercise library.

Benefits of DB Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support

The main benefit of this exercise is to build strength in the hamstring and lower back, but it also targets other areas of the posterior chain like the muscles in the glutes. It is a great exercise to transition from the more simple bi-lateral hinging movement pattern to the more complex single leg hinging. Using the wall takes away some of the balance aspects to the exercise and allows us to put emphasis on the hinging movement. This doesn’t by any means make the movement easy technically, keeping the hips inline is a real challenge and requires a lot of intentional thought from even very advanced trainees.

How To Do DB Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support

  1. Place the hand one the wall with the dumbell in the other hand.
  2. Lift the leg closest to the wall off the floor and bend the knee and the hip on the leg that is grounded.
  3. Hinge at the hips, keeping the back straight and an arch in the lower back.
  4. Once you feel a pull in the hamstring return to the starting position.

Coaching Tips For DB Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support

Follow these cues to perform DB Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support correctly:

  • Keep shoulders and hips square
  • Feel the tension in the hamstring
  • Keep the KB close to the body
  • Stability is more important than weight.

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.

Seated Straddle Lift Over Blocks

Complete 6 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Seated Straddle Lift Over Blocks

Follow these cues to perform Seated Straddle Lift Over Blocks correctly:

  • Pull from the abdominals and hip flexors to lift the legs.

Dumbell Pullover on Floor

Complete 6 repetitions

The dumbbell pullover on floor is an amazing anterior core exercise that is very simple but when done correctly can be very challenging.

Benefits of Dumbell Pullover on Floor

The main benefit of the dumbbell pull over on floor is the adaptation it creates in the abdominals (anterior core). Fighting to maintain this anti-extension position while the weight pulls on your abdominals can create a stimulus for the adaptation desired in the abdominals. The secondary benefit to the dumbbell pullover on the floor is the strength and mobility adaptations in the shoulders (lats), lifting the weight back to the starting position requires engagement of the lats.

How To Do Dumbell Pullover on Floor

  1. Start with the elbows locked and the weight overhead with the weight securely in the hands. The knees can be raised or on the floor but personally I prefer them raised
  2. Slowly lower the weight towards the floor overhead, allowing the weight to pull on the abdominals.
  3. As the weight pulls on the abdominals its very important that you don’t lift the lower back off the floor. If the lower back comes off the floor and the stomach lifts up the abdominal muscles will be doing much less work.

Coaching Tips For Dumbell Pullover on Floor

Follow these cues to perform Dumbell Pullover on Floor correctly:

  • Move slowly with control, feeling the weight of the dumbbell pull on the core
  • Keep a slight bend in the arms.

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