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A top trainer reveals how to build full-body strength with a single heavy dumbbell

by UNN Feed

A trip to the gym means more exercise options at your disposal. But most people can make plenty of progress with minimal equipment and home workouts. 

Don’t believe me? Then take a look at this routine from fitness coach Tanya Poppett, which uses just one dumbbell to work muscles across your upper and lower body while also developing power, athleticism, and functional strength. 

It’s a breath of fresh air too. Rather than following the usual “three sets of 8-12 repetitions” formula or working for a set amount of time, she challenges you to build on a foundational move to create a complex of exercises. 

Watch Poppett’s video below for a full demonstration of the workout, then give it a go for yourself. 

How to do Tanya Poppett’s one-dumbbell strength flow workout

The sequence starts with a staggered stance Romanian deadlift. You’ll then do a second staggered stance Romanian deadlift immediately followed by a bent-over-row. 

Poppett continues to add new elements into the movement, so by the end you’ll have completed four staggered stance Romanian deadlifts, three bent-over rows, two hang cleans and one rotational push press, all without putting the dumbbell down—a creative way to get a full-body workout. 

Once you’ve finished this, do it again on the other side of your body then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat this sequence five times to complete the workout.

If you don’t feel comfortable with any of these moves, practice them in isolation before trying the routine as a whole. You should also begin by using a lighter dumbbell and focusing on your form. Only increase the weight when you become confident with each exercise. 

What we like about Poppett’s one-dumbbell workout

Dumbbell workouts like this one are excellent for unilateral training. This simply means focusing on one side of your body at a time, which can iron out muscular imbalances while developing…

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