Buying Guide: How to Choose Dumbbells for Home Workouts

Step-by-step Instructions

Here is what you need to do...
Step 1

Dumbbells are a basic necessity for your home gym or workout area.

Step 2

You can buy them two ways: in multiple dumbbell sets that include varying weights or in two-dumbbell sets with removable weight plates.

Step 3

You can also buy a single set of two with a fixed weight. That weight can vary from 1 pound to 200 pounds or more.

Step 4

Generally, serious lifters and bodybuilders prefer the cast iron sets with removable weight plates.

Step 5

Multiple dumbbell sets take up space and are preferred for resistance training and toning.

Step 6

Dumbbells with neoprene coating are easier to grip and won’t damage floors. Regardless, all grips should be textured.

Step 7

Dumbbells with hexagonal heads won’t roll away and are easier to store. If you buy a set with rounded heads, make sure they come with a storage rack.

Step 8

Depending on how you plan to use your dumbbells at home, expect to spend less than $10 or as much as $400.

Step 9

Beginning lifters need not buy the expensive brands. But, a more expensive set with a variety of weight plates will carry you through your entire fitness and exercise lifespan.

Step 10

Below are links to the many kinds of dumbbells available on amazon.com

Special Attention

Difficulties people often experience or parts that need special attention to do it right.

Round dumbbells will roll. If you select that type, make sure they come with a storage rack.

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I was training a kid who insisted on doing push-ups every night before bed. Didn't matter which muscle group he worked earlier in the day, or even if it was a rest day- that kid was doing his push-ups. Eventually (and unsurprisingly) his wrists started to bother him. I told him about the push-up tools that I've listed above, and he picked himself a product that fit his wallet and his needs. After that, he was happier than flies on a week-old steak. The guy keeps them in his house, and he still does his push-ups every night. I'm just glad that I was able to help save his wrists from being injured for the rest of his life.

When did you first do this & how did you get started?

I started messing with push-up tools before I even started lifting weights. Like I said: push-ups are the oldest exercise in the game. Push-up tools simply help me make sure that I don't get injured, and that I can get a deeper range of repetition on each set of push-ups. Overall, I would have to say that a push-up tool is a must-have for any serious weightlifter or college athlete. The benefits are a no-brainer. So get yourself a push-up tool now (preferably one of the above) and thank me later.
Happy lifting,
J

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