Buyers guide for Dumbbells
The use of dumbbells in training offers infinite benefits:
- · Enable the progressive increase of weight in the loads.
- · Guarantee greater ergonomics in the exercises, giving greater freedom.
- · Offer greater intensity in exercises by concentrating effort in each muscle.
- · Make it possible to carry out a great number of individual exercises.
- · Guarantee greater balance between the parts of the body.
- · Improve the strength of tendons, ligaments and joints.
- · Increase the consumption of calories during training sessions.
- · Favour the loss of fat and the control and maintenance of weight.
- · Can be complemented with other accessories such as strength training benches.
- · Are adaptable to the conditions and demands of the user, and easy to transport and store.
Dumbbells are relatively simple strength training accessories, but it is worth bearing in mind certain aspects when buying them:
- 1) Kind of dumbbell
- 2) Weight
- 3) Material
- 4) Contour
1) Kind of dumbbell
Dumbbells can be fixed or selectable. Fixed dumbbells are those whose weight is already established and cannot be modified, while selectable dumbbells are those that have different weights to vary intensity during exercise.
Weight is the key factor when buying a dumbbell. Each user will choose the weight he or she considers best for their training, depending on their physical condition, demands, aims... Depending on the make and kind of dumbbells, weights can vary between 0.5-50 Kg.
Dumbbells can be manufactured using different materials, this being a key factor in the final price of the accessory. The grip is made of steel, and the coating may be foam, vinyl, chrome steel, rubber or urethane. Rubber dumbbells are designed for strength training exercises, while vinyl is more focussed on group classes such as aerobics.
The contour of the dumbbell may be triangular, square, hexagonal or round.