Dumbbell Squat to Shoulder Press

Follow the guidelines below to safely and successfully complete this strength training exercise.

  1. Begin in a standing position with feet shoulder-width apart, dumbbells around shoulder height and palms facing forward.
  2. Slowly sit your hips back and lower into a squat position, bending your knees until your thighs are parallel to the ground.
  3. Press through your heels to stand, as you push the dumbbells overhead. Be sure to keep the dumbbells in front of your ears.
  4. That’s one rep. Perform 3-5 sets of 10-15 reps, or tailor to suit goals.

*Variation: No dumbbells? No problem! You may complete this exercise using just your body weight. You may also consider using a resistance band for this exercise. Resistance bands are inexpensive, take up little space, and can be used anywhere.

Provided by: Ashley Ruppel, Health and Performance Sr. Coordinator