The number of exercises possible with free weights is extraordinarily wide ranging - from Swiss ball preacher curls and French presses to hammer curls and standing concentration curls. Some dumbbells may even serve as pushup platforms.
Free weights and dumbbells demand full muscle participation as you lift, balance the weights and return to your starting position. While weight machines provide many of the same options, they do not demand the same degree of muscle engagement.
Dumbbells today come in many shapes and colors. Hexagonally-shaped weights store without rolling around. They may be made of vinyl or metal. While traditional dumbbell sets feature a lifting bar and interchangeable plates secured by pins, collars or hooks, many innovative sets allow you instead to choose the weight of the dumbbell by turning a dial that quickly engages incrementally heavier weights. A pair of dial dumbbells may replace a half dozen pairs of traditional fixed-weight dumbbells, reducing needed storage space.
Weight sets include a strong broad lifting bar and pairs of interchangeable weight plates of incrementally larger heaviness. These sets can be used in conjunction with upper and lower body strengthening benches, racks, cages and machines.
When ordering, pay attention to the material, whether vinyl, iron or chrome, and the gripping surface. Check if the dial-controlled "smart" dumbbell weight configurations are color or numerically coded. And check out weight stands and if they are portable or stationary.
Your free-weight training will put you in good shape for all your fitness activities.
Check out our other strength items such us our Weight Trees and Racks section to complete your full body workout and exercise routine