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Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Dumbbells

Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Dumbbells

Dumbbells or Adjustable Dumbbells?

While both traditional dumbbells and adjustable dumbbells have their own merits, we find having a set of adjustable dumbbells are generally more suitable, in terms of cost and space, for home fitness. There are two types of adjustable dumbbell, quick adjustable and plate adjustable. In the table below, we compare adjustable dumbbells with traditional dumbbells.

Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Dumbbells

Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Dumbbells

*For a wide range of resistance

Note:

In certain situations, you might find dumbbells are more suitable. For your reference, we have also provided useful links for purchasing dumbbells in the bottom of the next section.

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Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Dumbbells

Adjustable Dumbbell

Adjustable dumbbells are more intricate by nature. Therefore, there are many essential factors to consider while shopping for them. The list below provides useful information that helps with your investment decision. If you are still interested in purchasing conventional dumbbells, we have also provided a few links in the bottom of this section.

Max Weight

Why is it important?

Determines the max amount of resistance for your training

What’s the trade off?

More weight = more $

Consideration?

Plan for the future, because you will get stronger as you train

Might not be an issue, if the dumbbells are expandable

What’s on the market?

Depending on the brand, could be up to 100lbs

Weight Increment

Why is it important?

Allows finer steps towards your goals

What’s the trade off?

You usually pay more for finer increments

Consideration?

Your fitness program and goal

What’s on the market?

1.5lb, 2.5lb, 5lb

Ease of Adjustment

Why is it important?

Not only is changing weight not value-added, spending too much time on it will increase your overall workout time

What’s the trade off?

N/A

Consideration?

Does your workout program have a strict rest time?If so, faster is the way to go

What’s on the market?

Most common selection methods are dial, spinning lock, and selector pin.

Length of Dumbbells

Why is it important?

Long dumbbells are not ideal for certain exercises, e.g. during shoulder press, the dumbbells might hit again each other.

What’s the trade off?

N/A

Consideration?

Are you sharing the dumbbells with another person, who is built differently from you?

What’s on the market?

Some models have fixed sizes, while some models’ sizes vary as weights go up (this is the preferred design).

Sturdiness

Why is it important?

Related to safety and overall workout comfort

What’s the trade off?

N/A

Consideration?

You want to focus on lifting weights with good form as opposed to on whether the dumbbell will fall apart

What’s on the market?

Varies depending on the product

Expandability

Why is it important?

Once you reach the upper limit of the dumbbells, you can simply purchase an expansion pack, instead of buying new dumbbells

What’s the trade off?

N/A

Consideration?

If the dumbbells are not expandable, it would be a good idea to go for more max weight initially

What’s on the market?

Most adjustable dumbbells are not expandable

Storage

Why is it important?

Besides keeping your home neat, you also want to store your valuable investment to prevent damages.

It also hurts when you kick them accidentally

What’s the trade off?

You have to pay extra for stands for some products

Consideration?

Think about storage solution for both dumbbells and the stand when you purchase the dumbbells.

What’s on the market?

Some dumbbells come with a stand/storage solution

Ergonomics

Why is it important?

You want to feel comfortable holding the weights

What’s the trade off?

N/A

Consideration?

What do the handles feel like?

How much room do you have to move your wrists?

What’s on the market?

A variety of designs

Warranty

Why is it important?

Since adjustable dumbbells are valuable investment, it would be great to have the guarantee that they would last

What’s the trade off?

N/A

Consideration?

Besides the length of warranty, customer service is also very important

Read the fine print, and understand what the warranty covers

What’s on the market?

Anywhere between 1 year to 10 years

What others say about purchasing a set of adjustable dumbbells:

Useful information on purchasing traditional dumbbells:

Dumbbells or Resistance Bands?

Dumbbells and resistance bands provide additional resistance on top of your bodyweight. While barbells definitely have an important role in fitness, they are less frequently used in home fitness due to its larger space requirement. We present below some factors to consider while choosing between resistance bands and dumbbells for general home fitness training.

Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Dumbbells

*As resistance bands stretch, the amount of resistance increases.

**Resistance bands provide resistance force opposite to the direction of the force applied.

Note:

If you are a fitness veteran and are looking for more specific and advanced training, you will find that dumbbells and elastic bands offer different type of stimuli, and this is perhaps a topic that can be saved for later.

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