There are a handful of reasons why a lifter may choose dumbbells over other free weights. Limited resources, insufficient space, and the need for versatility make dumbbells a popular implement for home gyms. And because they’re generally lighter than barbells and allow your limbs to move more freely, dumbbells are considered to be joint-friendly.
Most lifters associate dumbbell training with chest pressing, curls, and rows while thinking of barbells for heavy squats and deadlifts. But dumbbells, when used effectively, can strengthen and add mass to your legs as effectively as any other tools in the gym. Here are five dumbbell-based workout programs to carry you through your lower-body training.