You want bigger legs, but there’s an issue. It may not happen that often, but we’ve all been there before. We’re told the hotel you’re staying at has a state-of-the-art gym (yeah right), or we have to make due with an at-home workout…and it’s leg day.

No heavy squats today. Just you, a set of dumbbells (or a small rack of them if you’re lucky) and your frustration imagination.

Time to flex your workout creating muscles. If you’re ever been in this situation and you don’t want to skip your workout (NEVER skip leg day), here’s what to do.

Video Summary:

When you’re left to train your legs with light dumbbells instead of your typical bar and plates, you might need to make a couple adjustments to your session structure. One of my favorites is to put squats second in the session. This will allow you to do a pre-exhaust exercise before you hit squats which will tax your legs and body a little more than normal. This will make your squats a bit harder and your workout a lot better.


5 Sets
Dumbbell Lunges (or Bulgarian Split Squats) – 12-15 reps
Dumbbell Squats – 20-30 reps

*Try the “1.5” rep hack in the video as well and let me know how it works for you!


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