This exercise is considered a compound movement using the lower back, front thighs, and the butt as primary muscle groups. Secondary muscle groups include biceps, abs, calves, and hamstrings.
Execution of the dumbbell dead lift 1. Slowly bend at the knees until the dumbbells reach the floor. Remember to bend with your knees and not the back. 2. Your thighs should be almost parallel to the ground while your arms are held straight with no bend. 3. Slowly stand back up to the starting position. The arms should remain straight as you come to a standing position.