60 minute intermediate hamstring workout with dumbbells at home

Here's everything you need to try our 60 minute intermediate hamstring 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.

60 min read
Sean Klein
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Sean Klein
Last updated
16/05/24
In This Workout
  • Circuit 1
  • DB Walking Deadlift
  • Circuit 2
  • DB Crush Grip Away from Body Straight Leg Deadlift
  • Circuit 3
  • Offset DB Staggered Stance Straight Leg Deadlift
  • DB Straight Leg Deadlift
  • Circuit 4
  • DB Suitcase Deadlift
  • DB Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support

Circuit 1

Complete this round 3 times.

DB Walking Deadlift

Complete 8 repetitions

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Coaching Tips For DB Walking Deadlift

Follow these cues to perform DB Walking Deadlift correctly:

  • Make sure as much weight is going through the front foot and the back foot has the toes pressed into the floor
  • Only hinge to where your able to maintain an arch in the lower back.

Circuit 2

Complete this round 3 times.

DB Crush Grip Away from Body Straight Leg Deadlift

Complete 10 repetitions

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The double kettlebell gorilla row is an excellent horizontal pull variation that also requires a great deal of core stability and lumbar spine stabilisation.

Benefits of DB Crush Grip Away from Body Straight Leg Deadlift

The main benefit of the double gorilla row is strength gain in the horizontal pull movement pattern. It can also be used to gain muscle in the upper and lower back muscles. Finally it’s a great movement for athletes as the learn to perform pulls whilst generating a lot of stability.

How To Do DB Crush Grip Away from Body Straight Leg Deadlift

  1. Start with the kettlebells at the hips with the arm straight.
  2. Bend slightly at the knees and the hips and hinge into the pulling position.
  3. Ensure your back is straight and able to maintain the weight.
  4. Pull the kettlebell until your elbows are inline with your belly button.
  5. Control the kettlebells back to the starting position.

Coaching Tips For DB Crush Grip Away from Body Straight Leg Deadlift

Follow these cues to perform DB Crush Grip Away from Body Straight Leg Deadlift correctly:

  • Keep the DB underneath your shoulders with the elbows locked
  • This will put more pressure on your lower back but will still target the hamstrings, use a conservative weight.

Circuit 3

Complete this round 3 times.

Offset DB Staggered Stance Straight Leg Deadlift

Complete 10 repetitions

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Coaching Tips For Offset DB Staggered Stance Straight Leg Deadlift

Follow these cues to perform Offset 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.

DB Straight Leg Deadlift

Complete 14 repetitions

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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.

Circuit 4

Complete this round 3 times.

DB Suitcase Deadlift

Complete 8 repetitions

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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.

DB Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support

Complete 10 repetitions

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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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