For Strong, Powerful Legs, Trainers Love These 10 Muscle-Building Dumbbell Exercises

Building leg and butt muscle is the same as putting on muscle everywhere else on your body: you need consistent work and increasing weights (aka progressive overload) to see results. Dumbbells are a great tool for that: portable, easily interchangeable, and versatile. In fact, they're almost too versatile. Once you have a pair in your hands, there are so many moves you can do. Which ones are best for building leg and glute muscle?

That's the question we asked these eight trainers, and luckily for all of us, they responded with the 10 best leg-strengthening moves that engage and challenge your lower body with two dumbbells. (And, in some case, only one!) Adding a few sets to your workouts will help you see results in your quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calves, so grab your weights, and get ready to feel strong and confident from head to toe! (Not sure how heavy to go? Check out this guide to choosing the right weight.)