February 23, 2023 4 min read
So you are raring to meet your fitness goals and have taken a big step in that direction—setting up a home gym. Congratulations!
Now comes the important part where you have to decide which gym equipment best suits your needs—and dumbbells come right on top of that list. No home gym is complete without a set of dumbbells of varying weights and sizes.
But how will you know which dumbbells are the right ones for you? Don’t worry, we will give you all the information and tips you need to make that choice. Read on.
When it comes to building muscles and gyms, dumbbells are perhaps the most popular pieces of equipment. This is true for both professional and home gyms.
Dumbbells are your basic go-to tools in your journey to sculpt that body that you’ve always dreamed off. They are also indispensable to a range of exercises. Indeed, it’s hard to conceive of a home gym without dumbbells!
Dumbbells are used by both men and women—you can work everything from your back and legs to chest and abdomen with them, and they are highly effective in building strength. With the right sets of weights, you can easily squeeze an effective workout into your busy schedule.
By adding dumbbells to your home gym, you’ll not only build muscle and shred fat, but also maximize the effectiveness of ambitious exercises such as High-Intensity Interval Training
Whether you’ve been hitting the gym for years, or you’re using dumbbells for the first time in your life, you’ll find the information below very useful and handy in setting up your home gym.
As the name suggests, fixed weight dumbbells have a fixed weight and are typically sold in pairs. If you’re just starting with weights or focusing on a specific area of the body, then fixed weights are the best for you. If you’re buying multiple fixed weights in different sizes, then you’ll also have to account for storage space to stack them. Normally placed on a rack, fixed weight dumbbells can weigh between 1 kg and 100 kg each. Home users prefer fixed dumbbell sets in the weight range of 2.5 kg to 30 kg.
Adjustable weights, on the other hand, usually use a dial system for adjusting the weight on each dumbbell. A safety lock prevents the weights from dropping off. While the initial cost of adjustable dumbbells is higher, over time you’ll save money as you don’t need to keep buying additional dumbbell sets. And, of course, you need lesser amount of storage space. Adjustable dumbbells are ideal for people who lift heavier weights and are into weight training—chest press, weighted squats, etc. You can slide weights onto adjustable weight dumbbells and secure them with the help of collars or clips. The weights usually come in increments of 2 kg.
Fixed weight dumbbells come in four main shapes—hexagon (or hex), round, 12-sided, and square or specialty. Of these, the first three are the most common.
A hex dumbbell has 6 flat sides. The advantage of this is that the dumbbells don’t roll away when you put them down, and it’s easier to stack them on top of each other if you don’t have a rack. These affordable dumbbells are also great for exercises in which the dumbbell needs to be planted on the floor.
Though dumbbells are same from inside (built of cast iron or steel), the layers on the outside can have various kinds of coatings. These include rubber, rust-resistant paint, neoprene, urethane, chrome, and vinyl.
Let’s look at a few of them in greater detail.
A majority of hex dumbbells are made with a rubber coating. The rubber is often recycled and may be either synthetic or obtained from tree sap. The rubber not only protects the dumbbell when it dops on the floor—and as you lift heavier weights, you’re going to drop them a lot—but also shields the metal from rust. Rubber hex dumbbells are ideal for your home gym.
Neoprene dumbbells are a category by themselves, and are typically used by beginners. Lightweight and comfortable to use, neoprene dumbbells are made by dipping cast iron into a brightly colored synthetic polymer called neoprene.
Chrome dumbbells are old-styled weights that are still widely used. Once they’re used and dropped and rolled often, the shine can wear off and you may have to polish them. Still, they haven’t diminished in popularity.
Bare or ‘naked’ dumbbells are hard steel (or cast iron) with no coating on the outside, just some rust protection. They are tough-looking and sturdy, and slightly less comfortable to use than the rubberized ones. If you’re looking for that heavy duty metal feel, you might want to consider buying these.
MAGMA fitness has an excellent range of dumbbells including rubber hex dumbbells. Perfect for home gyms, these rubber hex dumbbells come with chrome-plated handles and rubber heads. They are ideal for complete beginners as well as weight-lifting pros. For stronger biceps, shoulders, triceps and chest muscles, check out the entire range of dumbbells—including rubber hex dumbbells, neoprene dumbbells, and adjustable dumbbells.
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