45 minute intermediate leg workout with dumbbells at home

Here's everything you need to try our 45 minute intermediate leg workout with dumbbells at home. 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 Lateral Lunge
  • DB 45 Degree Lunge
  • DB Suitcase Deadlift
  • Circuit 2
  • DB Cross Body Straight Leg Deadlift
  • DB Staggered Stance Straight Leg Deadlift
  • Single Arm DB Rack Tall Kneeling to Standing

Circuit 1

Complete this round 3 times.

DB Lateral Lunge

Complete 7 repetitions

Coaching Tips For DB Lateral Lunge

Follow these cues to perform DB Lateral Lunge correctly:

  • Keep the torso upright
  • Keep feet facing forward and the knee in line with the toes
  • Don't let the knee travel to the side.

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.

DB Suitcase Deadlift

Complete 8 repetitions

The dumbbell suitcase deadlift is a great secondary hinge variation for intermediate to advanced individuals.

Benefits of DB Suitcase Deadlift

The main benefit of the dumbbell suitcase deadlift is its ability to gain strength in both the hinge movement patter / posterior chain whilst simultaneously improving core strength.

How To Do DB Suitcase Deadlift

  1. Start with the weight by your side not touching the body and in a full upright starting position.
  2. Bend at the knees and the hips.
  3. Move the chest towards the floor whilst keeping the hips high.
  4. Do not let the dumbbell pull you out of position by resisting the rotation.
  5. Come to the bottom of your hinge range of motion, not bending the back.
  6. Stand up moving through the same range of motion just in the inverse and coming back to the starting position.

Coaching Tips For DB Suitcase Deadlift

Follow these cues to perform DB Suitcase Deadlift correctly:

  • Keep hips and shoulders square at all times
  • Don't feel the need to touch the floor to complete the rep, hinge as far as able maintaining an arch in the lower back.

Circuit 2

Complete this round 3 times.

DB Cross Body Straight Leg Deadlift

Complete 12 repetitions

Coaching Tips For DB Cross Body Straight Leg Deadlift

Follow these cues to perform DB Cross Body Straight Leg Deadlift correctly:

  • Bend at the knees and the hips, bring the opposite hand to the opposite foot, bend at the spine and reach as far as able.

DB Staggered Stance Straight Leg Deadlift

Complete 11 repetitions

Coaching Tips For DB Staggered Stance Straight Leg Deadlift

Follow these cues to perform DB Staggered Stance Straight Leg Deadlift correctly:

  • Maintain an arch in the lower back throughout
  • Use the back leg in a kickstand as a guide, remain on your toes throughout
  • Do not let the single DB cause any rotation.

Single Arm DB Rack Tall Kneeling to Standing

Complete 8 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Single Arm DB Rack Tall Kneeling to Standing

Follow these cues to perform Single Arm DB Rack Tall Kneeling to Standing correctly:

  • Find a stable DB front rack position
  • Move slowly with control
  • Gently plant the knee on the downward portion of the movement.

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