Dumbbells are one of the most simple, effective, and versatile fitness tools around. They can be found in almost any gym (including ours), and make a perfect addition to any exercise routine, whether you’re a complete newbie or a seasoned fitness fanatic.

The 8 exercises we’ve chosen are simple to learn but pack a punch, and they target many different areas of the body (because dumbbells aren’t just for biceps!). From the bent-over row to the Russian twist, you’ll find something here to suit your needs in any workout scenario.

Bent-over row

Bicep curl

Dumbbell push-up into row

Dumbbell row

Dumbbell Russian twist

Dumbbell lunge

Dumbbell Side Lateral Raise

Bench Press

Dumbbell Tricep Extension

Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gsUck-7M74

Arms, shoulders, chest

For more upper body-building exercise ideas, why not take a look at these 5 exercises for stronger shoulders, or these 9 push-up variations.