45 minute intermediate leg workout with dumbbells and kettlebells

Here's everything you need to try our 45 minute intermediate leg workout with dumbbells and kettlebells. 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
  • Goblet Squat
  • Circuit 2
  • Wide Stance Crush Grip DB Straight Leg Deadlift
  • Offset KB Squat in Lunge
  • KB Goblet Reverse Lunge
  • Circuit 3
  • KB B-Stance Straight Leg Deadlift
  • DB Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support

Circuit 1

Complete this round 4 times.

Goblet Squat

Complete 14 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Goblet Squat

Follow these cues to perform Goblet Squat correctly:

  • Keep the torso angle upright throughout
  • Keep feet on the floor the entire movement
  • Depth is based on hip mobility, don't force depth but use your full range.

Circuit 2

Complete this round 3 times.

Wide Stance Crush Grip DB Straight Leg Deadlift

Complete 10 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Wide Stance Crush Grip DB Straight Leg Deadlift

Follow these cues to perform Wide Stance Crush Grip DB Straight Leg Deadlift correctly:

  • Maintain an arch in the lower back throughout
  • Fold into the hips, feeling tension in the hamstrings.

Offset KB Squat in Lunge

Complete 7 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Offset KB Squat in Lunge

Follow these cues to perform Offset KB Squat in Lunge correctly:

  • Do not let the single kettlebell cause any rotation in the upperbody
  • Torso is slightly forward but stays in a fixed position
  • The front knee should be over the ankle, move the hips toward the floor.

KB Goblet Reverse Lunge

Complete 10 repetitions

The kettlebell goblet reverse lunge is an excellent single leg squat variation that can be used by a wide range of abilities.

Benefits of KB Goblet Reverse Lunge

The main benefit is gaining strength and muscle mass in the legs and squat movement pattern.

How To Do KB Goblet Reverse Lunge

  1. Start with the kettlebell in a goblet position.
  2. Step backwards to the lunge position and move the knee slowly towards the floor.
  3. Keep the torso angle slightly diagonal in order to prevent too much of a stretch at the hips.

Coaching Tips For KB Goblet Reverse Lunge

Follow these cues to perform KB Goblet Reverse Lunge correctly:

  • Find a stable goblet position before starting
  • Step backwards into a lunge
  • Keeping the front knee over the ankle
  • Gently touch the back knee to the floor and use the front leg to lift the weight.

Circuit 3

Complete this round 3 times.

KB B-Stance Straight Leg Deadlift

Complete 7 repetitions

Coaching Tips For KB B-Stance Straight Leg Deadlift

Follow these cues to perform KB B-Stance Straight Leg Deadlift correctly:

  • Make sure you keep the supporting foot facing outward and on your tip toes
  • Only hinge to where your able to maintain an arch in the lower back.

DB Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support

Complete 10 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.

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