60 minute intermediate lower body workout with dumbbells

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

60 min read
Sean Klein
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Sean Klein
Last updated
16/05/24
In This Workout
  • Circuit 1
  • DB Quad Dominant Reverse Lunge
  • DB Lateral Lunge
  • DB Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support
  • Circuit 2
  • Wide Stance DB Straight Leg Deadlift
  • DB Straight Leg Deadlift
  • DB Narrow Stance Squat
  • Circuit 3
  • DB Crush Grip Away from Body Straight Leg Deadlift
  • DB Squat in Lunge

Circuit 1

Complete this round 3 times.

DB Quad Dominant Reverse Lunge

Complete 8 repetitions

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Lower Body
Squat

The dumbbell quad dominant reverse lunge is an excellent unilateral squatting variation for building strength and muscle in the quads.

Benefits of DB Quad Dominant Reverse Lunge

The major benefit of this movement is it requires a great deal of tension in the quads as its tempo and positions require it. This results in strength and muscle mass gains.

How To Do DB Quad Dominant Reverse Lunge

  1. Start in an upright position with the dumbbells in hand.
  2. Lunge backward, but very slowly, shifting the knee that is connected to the floor forward slightly and creating a lot of tension in the quad.
  3. Once you feel like you can no longer move with control or are very close to the floor, plant the back foot and slowly bring the knee to the floor.
  4. Return to the starting position with as much control as possible.

Coaching Tips For DB Quad Dominant Reverse Lunge

Follow these cues to perform DB Quad Dominant Reverse Lunge correctly:

  • Shift the knee forward as you lunge into the front leg
  • Only touch the back foot to the floor at the very end of the decent
  • Your torso angle will be slightly different to a traditional lunge in that your chest will be closer to the floor.

DB Lateral Lunge

Complete 7 repetitions

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Lower Body
Squat

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 Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support

Complete 10 repetitions

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Hinge

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.

Circuit 2

Complete this round 3 times.

Wide Stance DB Straight Leg Deadlift

Complete 12 repetitions

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Coaching Tips For Wide Stance DB Straight Leg Deadlift

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

  • Bend slightly and the knees and the hips then fold into the hips keeping the back straight
  • Keep the hips high throughout and feel tension in the hamstrings.

DB Straight Leg Deadlift

Complete 14 repetitions

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Hinge

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 Narrow Stance Squat

Complete 16 repetitions

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Lower Body
Squat

Coaching Tips For DB Narrow Stance Squat

Follow these cues to perform DB Narrow Stance Squat correctly:

  • Emphasise use of your quadriceps
  • Feet are not touching but much closer than traditional squat
  • Do not force depth but use your full range of motion.

Circuit 3

Complete this round 3 times.

DB Crush Grip Away from Body Straight Leg Deadlift

Complete 10 repetitions

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Hinge

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.

DB Squat in Lunge

Complete 10 repetitions

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Squat

Coaching Tips For DB Squat in Lunge

Follow these cues to perform DB Squat in Lunge correctly:

  • The front knee should be over the ankle, move the hips toward the floor, gently touch the knee and lift with the front leg
  • Torso is slightly forward but stays in a fixed position.

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