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The dumbbell is 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

Targets: upper body, including traps, rhomboids, lats, and biceps.

Video tutorial here.

Dumbbell push-up into row

Targets: core, back, chest, shoulders, arms.

Video tutorial here.

Bicep curl

Targets: biceps.

Video tutorial here.

Renegade Row

Targets: middle back.

Video tutorial here.

Dumbbell Russian twist

Targets: abs.

Video tutorial here.

Dumbbell lunge

Targets: quads.

Video tutorial here.

Side Lateral Raise

Targets: shoulders.

Video tutorial here.

Dumbbell Bench Press

Targets: chest.

Video tutorial here.

Tricep Extension

Targets: triceps.

Tutorial here.

Expand your workouts

For more exercise inspiration to broaden your workout repertoire, take a look at these 5 exercises for bigger, stronger shoulders. Or try 9 push-up variations to spice up your workouts!