The Ultimate Light Dumbbell Workout

by Irene Lewis-McCormick, MS


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We all have 'em so let's start using them! There are so many enjoyable, different and unique ways to use 5, 8, 10 or 12 pound dumbbells in group fitness. Revisit the benefits of endurance-based strength movements in large- or small-group settings. Walk away with 10 multijoint exercises that are easy to teach and learn and are presented in 32-count sequencing for flawless execution in each and every class.

About the Author

Irene Lewis-McCormick, MS

Irene Lewis-McCormick, MS IDEA Author/Presenter

Irene Lewis-McCormick, MS, C.S.C.S. is an international fitness educator, twice published author (Human Kinetics) and 30-year fitness industry veteran. Irene is faculty at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and SCW Fitness. She is the Education Director for Octane Fitness, an Orangetheory Fitness coach and a RYKA Fitness Ambassador. Irene contributes to several fitness and consumer publications, is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for ACE and NASM, an IDEA Fitness Expert, and contributing author to the newest release of the AFAA Group Fitness Instructor Manual. Irene holds positions on the advisory board for Diabetic Living magazine and the Egg Nutrition Council. Irene has starred in dozens of DVD's, has written 13 fitness instructional manuals (pre-natal, water fitness, small group training, kids fitness, HIIT program design, strength training, group exercise, etc.) and is a master trainer for TRX, Savvier Fitness, Power Systems, SCW Fitness Education, JumpSport and KnotOut. Her primary certifications include NSCA, ACE, ACSM, AEA, AFAA and YogaFit.

6 Reviews

4.3 out of 5 Stars

  • by Michael DeGood on Nov 08, 2017

    This had some useful information and some cool exercises. I liked and will include 'Liberty' in my programming. I had trouble with some of the verbiage she used when describing some exercises, particularly Cleans. Her description of planks to me was not on point, her mentioning to never protract the scapula and always have the ankles in dorsiflexion when planking would make gymnast roll their eyes. Then when endorsing working out to a 32 beat formula, she experienced tech difficulties with her music, showing that building a class to music can be troubling, not to mention the music that is engineered for this type of class is usually some techno music that drives most folks (like myself) nuts.

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  • by Linda Fulton on Oct 12, 2015

    Thank You Irene!! This dumbbell workout is fantastic! All of our clubs, studios and gyms have dumbbells but your class is the first that I have found on our IdeaFit site that addresses this simple piece of equipment. Excellent transitions and multi-joint combinations. I will bring your ideas to my classes immediately. Great job!

  • by Sheri Lester on Jul 17, 2015

    Can't wait to take what we learned into my strength classes!

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