I have always found that legs are the hardest body parts to train at home. You just can’t get the same amount of resistance as you can in a fully equipped gym with squat racks and leg machines. But if you know what you are doing, you can still have a kick-ass workout using only dumbbells!
I generally recommend doing full-body workouts if you exercise three times per week or less. If you exercise more often than that, your muscles won’t get enough rest after each full-body workout, so it’s better to do a body part split where each muscle has more time to rest before you train it again.
For home workouts, my preferred split is lower vs. upper body and today’s workout is a great leg workout using only dumbbells.
As always when we do resistance workouts, please remember that you may see an impact on your insulin sensitivity 24-36 hours after your workout so be diligent with watching your blood sugars. If you aren’t used to resistance workouts, I really recommend you read my post about how resistance training affects your blood sugar before you do the workout.
You can follow along in the video for a demonstration of the exercises. I suggest you do 3 rounds of 10-15 repetitions for each exercise.
Now, let’s do this!!
(if you prefer to view the video on YouTube, you can do so here)
- Dumbbell Squats
- Dumbbell Lunges
- 1-legged Deadlifts
- Hip Bridges
- Calf Raises