How to Tone Your Entire Body With One Pair of Dumbbells

Banish the "bulking up" myth; weight training is an important form of exercise for women. All you need is one pair of dumbbells to strengthen and tone every muscle group in your body—and you'll get more versatility if that single pair is a set of adjustable dumbbells.

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells

It's easy for one missed workout to become a bad habit, whether you're tight on time or are bored with your routine. That's why investing in adjustable dumbbells can offer the convenience and variety you crave to help you get back on track.

The Bowflex 552 set is one of many adjustable dumbbells you can add to your home gym, but it stands out with over 3,000 5-star reviews on Amazon. It hardly takes up any room (if you have space for a standard pair of dumbbells, you can store this adjustable set), it's easy to use (some customers say it takes as little as five seconds to adjust the weight in between their circuits), and it's compatible with a variety of dumbbell workouts. Each dumbbell has a weight range of 5 to 52.5 pounds, with 2.5-pound increments up to the first 25, making it easy to progress as you get stronger. The $299 price tag might seem a little high compared to standard dumbbells, but considering a fully stocked dumbbell rack can run a thousand dollars or more (and take up a lot more space), it's a good deal.

By introducing just five new moves to your fitness routine, you can break up the monotony of endless bicep curls and work your whole body with one pair of dumbbells. When you want a challenge, set down one of the dumbbells and try these Calorie-burning exercises using the other. You'll work your abs, legs, shoulders, and more by switching up your dumbbell workouts. Don't shy away from heavy weight, either. Lifting heavier weight with fewer reps can help reduce your risk of osteoporosis and burn nearly twice as many Calories.

And if all you want to do at the end of the day is watch your new favorite show on Netflix, a few sets of bicep curls while you binge will alleviate any didn't-go-to-the-gym guilt.

To buy: Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells, $299; amazon.com