Workouts With 5-Pound Weights

Even light weights can help you get a toned body.
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You don’t need heavy weights to get strong, toned muscles. Using just 5-pound dumbbells can help you achieve a full-body workout that builds lean muscle mass. To achieve the best results, do exercises that target your major muscle groups and strength train three times a week on nonconsecutive days.

Toned Triceps

To tone the muscle on the back of your arms, which are your triceps, grab a 5-pound dumbbell in your right hand and stand with your feet staggered. You want your left leg in front of your right leg. Lower your body into a lunge so your knees are bent to 90-degree angles. Make sure your left knee is aligned over your left ankle. Lean forward and place your left forearm on your left thigh. Pull your right arm back so your elbow is bent to 90 degrees and is next to your rib cage. Your palm should be facing left. Extend your right arm behind you until it is straight. Lower it back down to 90 degrees and repeat. Do 10 to 15 reps and then switch to your left side.

Sculpted Biceps

To add lean muscle mass to your biceps, grab a pair of 5-pound dumbbells. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with a dumbbell in each hand. Your hands should be in front of your hips with your palms facing out. To start, bend your left arm to a 90-degree angle and hold it next to your rib cage throughout the set. Curl your right hand up toward your shoulder and then lower it back down to the starting position. Do eight reps with your right arm and then switch and repeat the exercise with your left arm. Finish by curling both arms simultaneously for eight reps.

Trim Stomach

By adding a 5-pound weight to your ab routine, you can challenge your core even more. Personal trainer Harley Pasternak designed this side-slimmer move for “Self” magazine. To tone your obliques, stand with feet hip-width apart with a 5-pound weight in your right hand. Bring your left hand up to your head so your fingertips are resting just below your temple. Your elbow should be extended out to your side. Bend at your waist to your right. Bring the weight down the side of your leg as far as you can. Straighten and then bend to the left. Return to the start for one rep. Do 20 reps and then switch sides.

Sleek Quadriceps

Adding a pair of 5-pound dumbbells to your squat can tone your quadriceps and buttock muscles. Begin by standing with feet hip-width apart; turn your feet so they are slightly facing outward. Hold a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing inward. Engage your abdominal muscles as you curl your arms up so they are resting just in front of your shoulders. Shift your weight into your heels and gradually lower your hips toward the floor as you bend your knees. Lower yourself until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Keeping your heels flat on the floor, gradually bring yourself back to your starting position. Do 10 to 12 reps, rest for 15 seconds and then repeat.

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