Dumbbells for your Home Gym





Dumbbells for your Home Gym

For two reasons I don't use the dumbbells that can be found in a commercial gym, and those reasons are cost and space. Commercial gyms often have a good range of fixed weight dumbbells from a few pounds up to and beyond 120lbs resting on a very long sturdy rack. A set like that, with the rack to hold them costs a lot of money - more money than a decent home gym!

What I have, are dumbbell handles with spin-lock collars as shown in the photograph below. As you can see I have two different lengths of handle (sometimes a shorter handle makes an exercise less awkward e.g. curls), but really I bought the longer set because I needed to be able to add more weight for one-arm rows. At a squeeze I can load up my dumbbells to a little over 130lbs (60kg) each, which is more than enough for most exercises.
Photograph of my dumbbells

There are only a few exercises that I use the dumbbells for, but these include side bends, side lateral raises, bent-over one-armed rows, and occasionally curls and a few variations of curls. The barbell forms the basis of most of my routines, but I sometimes bench and shoulder press with dumbbells just for a variation.


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