Tips for Choosing the Right Dumbbell for Home Gyms

Tips for Choosing the Right Dumbbell for Home Gyms

Dumbbells are arguably the most essential and standard fitness gear of all time. You won’t find a lot of people who don’t start their shopping for workout equipment with a set of dumbbells. This simple dumbbell buying guide will provide you with some valuable tips to simplify the process so that you know what to look for when purchasing the same regardless it’s for your home gym or a commercial one. Make sure you read this brief guide before you start looking for some dumbbell for sale ads on Google to know which ones would be best suited for your specific requirements.

There are many types when it comes to dumbbells, and you need to know their pros and cons and how they can affect your workout performance to decide efficiently which one to go for. They come in mainly three categories, fixed, adjustable, and studio dumbbells.

Fixed dumbbells

It’s the most common category of dumbbells you can find in a commercial establishment. These are sold in pairs and can come in a wide range of weights from 1 to 100kg each. Needless to say that it depends on an individual’s requirement what influence should one buy; however, most home gym owners typically look for 3 to 30kg range, leaving the higher pressures mainly for the commercial facilities that cater for a vast client base. These fixed dumbbells too can be of different types depending on the materials used, and here are the few most popular ones.

Rubber Dumbbells

Fixed rubber dumbbells come with a protective rubber coating on the outer side that helps to minimize the scratches, dents and chips, which you’ll quickly notice on bare metal ones. It further causes lower noise when dropped compared to any cast iron or chrome dumbbell. They look attractive and more premium and no matter you’re buying these for a home gym or commercial place, they will add considerable value to your collection of fitness equipment.

Urethane Dumbbells

Urethane Dumbbell is more expensive than its rubber counterpart due to its exceptional build quality. Urethane, as a material, is a few times stronger and harder than rubber, and it’s tough to cause any noticeable damage to any product with a coating of urethane. These dumbbells are much more scratch-resistant, and rarely show those dents and marks that the rubber dumbbells are prone to. Although polyurethane (technical term of urethane) doesn’t look much different than rubber dumbbells, it doesn’t produce the strong odour which a typical rubber dumbbell comes with, and many feel uncomfortable to smell.

Adjustable Dumbbells

Those who are looking for a wide variation in weight, but lack space, storage, or simply don’t want to spend much for a full set of dumbbells can check these out.
While it can be incredibly beneficial for cases mentioned above, an adjustable dumbbell is quite bulky in size due to how the weights are stacked into it. Furthermore, if you’re doing some quick sets where you want to change the weights rapidly, this specific variant would be of no use.

Studio Dumbbells

Studio dumbbells are entirely coated, mainly with neoprene or rubber material to protect from regular wear and tear. The name came from its first use when studio workout classes used to use these dumbbells for some exercises that require light resistance. They come with anti-roll shapes to make sure they don’t cause any hazard during classes.

Wrapping it up: While various fitness machines are useful for a myriad of different workouts, nothing can beat a right old classic dumbbell. They can be used in so many ways that no single fitness equipment can cater to such diverse exercises. We hope this guide would help you a lot next time when you want to add some new dumbbells in your collection.

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