Dumbbells are hardworking, versatile, and affordable workout tools that can make your exercise routine more challenging. Anyone can do squats or lunges, for example, but add a three to ten-pound dumbbell to the equation and the difference can be quite shocking. Here are just one of the exercises that you can do with dumbbells:

Push up position curl

Push-ups can be quite boring, but add a dumbbell and the workout becomes a lot more exciting. Assume a regular push-up position with the palms of your hands facing each other while holding a dumbbell in each hand. The weight of the dumbbell should depend on how much you can handle. If you are a beginner, it is advisable that you start with a three-pound dumbbell then add more weight as it gets easier. Afterwards, lift the dumbbell in one hand slightly off the floor while you curl it towards your shoulder. Lower that arm, then repeat with the other arm; then alternate between arms for thirty to sixty seconds.

Straight Punches

Victoria’s Secret girls can do it, and if you need any evidence of how much this exercise routine works, just take a look at their abs and arms. First, stand with your legs shoulder-width apart and assume a punching position with your arms—pyramid-like, with your hands (carrying dumbbells) close to each other. Twist one arm forward as you punch, pull that arm back close to your body and then alternate with the other arm and repeat. Figure out the range of your arm that is most comfortable and try not to move your body too much, aside from the natural twisting of your abdomen and legs. Repeat this for sixty seconds and for three intervals.