This killer full-body dumbbell workout builds strength with just six exercises – Tom’s Guide

Get ready to sweat


Jane McGuire

published 17 July 22

Get ready to sweat

Whether like me you’ve recently quit the gym due to the cost of your membership rising, or you’re still working out from home post-pandemic, looking for decent workouts that can be done will little, or no equipment can be challenging. Luckily, I’ve enlisted the help of an expert to share a full-body workout you can do with just a set of dumbbells. 

If you are looking for a set of dumbbells to add to your home gym set-up, it’s worth checking out the best adjustable dumbbells on the market. Unlike a regular set of dumbbells, as its name might suggest, with adjustable dumbbells you can add, or remove, weight at the click or twist of a button, making them ideal for strength training at home. If you don’t have dumbbells, the exercises below could be done with a kettlebell, or a couple of milk cartons or water bottles (just make sure the lid is screwed on before you get started). 

Looking for more workout inspiration? Here’s the best ab exercises to try, according to Chris Hemsworth’s personal trainer, six resistance band exercises that allow you to build your arm muscles from home, and what happened when I added 100 dead bugs to my daily routine. 

To find workout inspiration, we turned to Studio SWEAT onDemand (opens in new tab) CEO and Founder Cat Kom. “Ah yes, the humble dumbbell,” says Cat. “Simple, beautiful, and arguably one of the most versatile and underrated pieces of fitness equipment out there. They’re adjustable for weight and easy to use, meaning there are tons of dumbbell exercises for beginners out there. Not to mention they take up almost no space, making them ideal for at-home workouts.”

To get a full-body workout from home, do 12 reps of each exercise below in the order they are listed. Aim to do the circuit three times through.