Lower Body Workout
A lower body workout such as the dumbbell squat exercise is slightly more challenging than the regular squat. With the dumbbell squat, you engage your lower body muscles far greater than you would with a simple squat workout. Lower body workouts are very important because they help strengthen the muscles that support the rest of your body. Unfortunately, lower body workouts are often neglected during a workout routine. Most people (especially guys) prefer to focus on upper body exercises such as a bench press workout, a dumbbell curl routine, or regular pushups. These upper body exercises are necessary, and should not be underestimated. However, a workout schedule that lacks lower body routines, is not a complete workout schedule.
The simplest way to map out your weekly workout schedule, is to reserve some days strictly for upper body workouts, and other days solely for lower body workout routines. By doing this, you will make sure that you do not neglect your lower body. However, if you are a little more advanced, you may consider doing full body workouts, which include exercises that engage both your upper body and lower body, all in the same workout session.
Full body workouts are very efficient, because they help develop many muscle groups at the same time. An example of a full body workout is as follows: Dumbbell Squats, pushups, crunches, and lunges. As you see, the dumbbell squats and lunges are focused on your lower body part, whereas the pushups are designed to strengthen your upper body. The crunches on the other hand put an emphasis on your core, helping to stabilize your spine. You can choose to perform the squats first, then immediately follow the squats with pushups. After the pushups are done, you proceed to do some crunches, and you finish up the set with the lunges. Once you are done with the lunges exercise, take a short break, and then repeat the entire set nine more times.
Dumbbell Squat Exercise
When you perform the dumbbell squat exercise, make sure that the dumbbells are neither too heavy nor too light. Spread your legs approximately shoulder-width apart, and rest the dumbbells on your shoulders. Perform the dumbbell squat exercise as if you were doing a regular squat workout. See to it that your knees are vertically aligned with your toes when you bend down. Keep your head straight and your chest out. Do the dumbbell squat exercise for a full minute, and then move immediately to the next exercise.