5 dumbbell exercises you can do in your truck

There probably isn’t enough space in your truck cab for an entire home gym, but dumbbells are compact enough that they can go over the road with you.

Dumbbells can be used to exercise a variety of muscles, but knowing how to get started may be tricky. These five dumbbell exercises can be done inside of your cab or outside using a truck stop bench.

If you’re looking for more exercise options, check out five cab-friendly bodyweight exercises for when it’s cold outside here.

1. Dumbbell Bent-over Row

Kneel over the side of a bench, or your bed area, by placing the knee and hand of your supporting arm on a bench. Position the foot of the opposite leg slightly back to side. Grasp the dumbbell from the floor. Pull the dumbbell up to your side until it makes contact with your ribs or until your upper arm is just beyond horizontal. Return until your arm is extended and shoulder is stretched downward. Repeat and continue with your opposite arm.

2. Dumbbell Arnold Press

Stand with two dumbbells positioned in front of your shoulders, palms facing body and elbows under wrists.  Initiate movement by bringing your elbows out to your sides. Continue to raise your elbows outward while pressing the dumbbells overhead until your arms are straight. Lower to the front of your shoulders in an opposite pattern and repeat.

3. Dumbbell Shoulder Press

Position the dumbbells to each side of your shoulders with elbows below wrists. Press the dumbbells upward until your arms are extended overhead. Lower to sides of your shoulders and repeat.

4. Dumbbell Hammer Curl

Position two dumbbells to your sides, palms facing in and arms straight. With your elbows to your sides, raise one dumbbell until your forearm is vertical and thumb faces shoulder. Lower to the original position and repeat with alternative arm.

5. Dumbbell Bench Press

Sit down on a bench or your cab bed with dumbbells resting on your lower thighs. Kick weights to your shoulder and lie back. Position the dumbbells to the sides of your chest with a bent arm under each dumbbell. Press the dumbbells up with elbows to your sides until your arms are extended. Lower weight to the sides of your chest until a slight stretch is felt in your chest or shoulder. Repeat.