Best Exercises For Dads: Dumbbell Squat

Another great exercise for Dad’s is the Dumbbell Squat.

The traditional Barbell Squat is one of the best overall exercises for people who want to get in shape but the Dumbbell Squat is a much better exercise if you’re focused on building natural or functional strength.

Why is the Dumbbell Squat better at building functional strength than the Barbell Squat?

Well, when was the last time you had something heavy across your shoulders and had to squat down? Probably not recently.

The Dumbbell Squat better emulates a more natural and functional type of movement, especially the type of movements we do all the time as fathers like picking our kids up.

What you need to do this exercise

You can do these exercises without any weight or you can do them with a pair of light dumbbells, kettlebell, or anything else you can pick up around the house that has a little weight to it.

How Many Sets and Reps?

3 Sets, 10-15 Reps

How Do You Do This Exercise?

Here’s a Short Video Demonstration on how to do this exercise.


Make sure to use proper form

  • Keep Your Back Straight
  • Keep Your Head up
  • Go SLOW
  • Start with a weight lighter than what you think you can do
  • Don’t let the weights touch the ground until your are done the set

That’s all there is to it. This is another simple exercise that you can do anywhere that doesn’t require a lot of equipment or space.
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