Dumbbell Woodchops

Beginner Level of Difficulty

The dumbbell woodchop is a beginner exercise that targets the entire core. This is a great warm-up exercise and is suitable for any fitness level.


Picture of Obliques


Many people put a lot of focus on working their abs but forget their surrounding neighbors; the oblique muscles. Obliques serve as stabilizers, and are used in almost every physical activity. Exercising your obliques should be a very important part of your workout program.

Picture of Abdominals


The abdominal muscles (abs) provide movement and support to your core area. The deeper and closer to the spine the particular abdominal muscle is, the more effect over body posture it will have, and this often contributes significantly to a healthy back.

Equipment Used

Picture of Dumbbells


The dumbbell, a type of free weight, is a piece of equipment used in weight training. It can be used individually or in pairs (one for each hand). Dumbbells vary in weight from 3lbs. up to 150lbs.

Exercise Instructions

dumbbell woodchops - step 1

Step 1

Start with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width while holding the dumbbell in both hands at your side.

dumbbell woodchops - step 2

Step 2

Swing the dumbbell up and across the body and over the opposite shoulder.

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Step 3

Swing the dumbbell back down to your hip with full control and repeat.