I’ve been using the goblet hold a lot lately when it comes to having my clients do lower body exercises, especially single leg work. Why? Two reasons. One, the limiting factor a number of times when holding dumbbells at the side is grip endurance, especially with higher rep sets. Basically the grip tires out before the legs do. Holding a single dumbbell in the goblet position takes care of this. Two, one of the coaching cues I repeat most often is “Chest Up”. Using a goblet hold automatically takes care of this without me saying anything.
The goblet hold can be used for squats, most lunge variations and in this video it is used with step ups.