Wood Chop With a Dumbbell

Muscles Worked: Shoulders, triceps, biceps, quadriceps, glutes, hamstrings, core muscles.

Starting Position: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Place one dumbbell on the floor to the side of your foot. Bend your knees to grab the handle of the dumbbell with both hands. Your palms should be fully around the handle and facing each other. Keep your feet square and at shoulder width apart.

Action: While keeping your arms straight, move the dumbbell from the floor to the highest point away from your body and over your opposite shoulder. You should twist your body as if chopping wood.

Slowly twist your body and bend your knees to return the dumbbell back to the starting position.



1.     Keep your arms as straight as possible throughout this exercise.

2.     Keep your abdominal muscles and back muscles tight to add stability.

3.     Do not start with weight that is too heavy to avoid injury.