45 minute beginner workout with dumbbells

Here's everything you need to try our 45 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.

45 min read
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Sean Klein
Last updated
09/02/24
In This Workout
  • Circuit 1
  • DB Tall Kneeling Crush Grip Press
  • DB 45 Degree Lunge
  • Dumbell Pullover on Floor
  • Circuit 2
  • DB Straight Leg Deadlift
  • DB Crush Grip Floor Press
  • Double DB Farmers March

Circuit 1

Complete this round 3 times.

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.

DB 45 Degree Lunge

Complete 8 repetitions

Coaching Tips For DB 45 Degree Lunge

Follow these cues to perform DB 45 Degree Lunge correctly:

  • Similar to a reverse lunge but with a diagonal step backward
  • Keep the torso angle as straight as possible
  • Use your full range of motion but do not stretch
  • Touch the knee to the floor if your range of motion allows.

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.

Circuit 2

Complete this round 3 times.

DB Straight Leg Deadlift

Complete 10 repetitions

Coaching Tips For DB Straight Leg Deadlift

Follow these cues to perform DB Straight Leg Deadlift correctly:

  • Pinch the shoulder blades together
  • Slowly move the chest towards the floor
  • Keep the dumbbell close to the body and the hips high after the initial bend.

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.

Double DB Farmers March

Complete 16 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Double DB Farmers March

Follow these cues to perform Double DB Farmers March correctly:

  • Slowly transition from one foot to the next
  • Keep a slight bend in the arms while holding the DB's
  • Lift the knees to at least hip height.

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