Dumbbell squats are an excellent compound movement that hit the major muscles of your upper thighs. They put the most emphasis on your quads, but also hit the glutes (butt) and lower back.
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How to do Dumbbell Squats:
- Select the appropriate dumbbells, stand upright with feet shoulder width apart and toes slightly turned out. Dumbbells should be to your sides with palms facing towards your thighs.
- Lower your torso by bending your knees and dropping your butt, just as if you were sitting down. Always keep your your head up and looking forward; this will help you keep your back straight and maintaining good posture. At the bottom, your thighs should be parallel to the floor and the knees should never extend over toes (this can cause injury and additional stress on your knees).
- Push through with the heel of your foot as you bring your body upright. Take a brief rest/pause at the top of each motion.
- Repeat for the suggested amount of repetitions.
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