Many people avoid using dumbbells, but there’s no need to be afraid of using free weights. Teach yourself the basics, build up strength gradually, and you will do wonders for your muscle tone and exercise confidence.
Convenient size. Dumbbells are usually pretty small, meaning you can train from anywhere: at home, a gym, hotel, on holiday, as long as you have enough space to move you can fit a workout into a busy schedule.
Flexible workouts. Dumbbells provide a large range of exercises. Plus, all the variations you can do mean that the number of exercises you can do are huge. This includes ones you can’t do with barbells such as single-arm exercises.
Combine with plyometrics. Unlike many machines, dumbbells lend themselves well to explosive exercise (plyometrics), which is a highly effective way of exercising.
Good value. Because of their relatively low cost, most gyms have a good set of dumbbells. Or, if you prefer to start at home you can buy a decent set of adjustable dumbbells for under £50.
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A great choice for developing and defining the triceps.
Dumbbells are much better than barbells and I use them regularly at home and at the gym with benchwork. In fact, I'm thinking of dropping barbell benchwork completely in favour or more dumbell work.