Dumbbells are small bars with added weights at both ends that are normally used with one hand. Depending on the type of dumbbell these weights are fixed or interchangeable. They are used for weight lifting or strength endurance exercises.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
3answers
50 views

Proper Form and Technique for Dumbbell Clean

I'm currently working my way through starting strength (thanks to Dave Liepmann for the suggestion last time I posted on here) and I'm doing all of the initial exercises (squat, deadlift, bench press, ...
1
vote
1answer
27 views

Is it correct form to do concentration curls with your arm hanging freely? If not, why does it result in muscles bulging out more?

All this time I thought it was ok to do concentration curls with your arm hanging freely, instead of your elbow being pressed against your thigh. Now I didn't see any videos or blogs which said ...
3
votes
2answers
62 views

Squat for over weight people

I'm trying to do dumbbell squats but not possible. I feel unbalanced hence no confidence to put my weight on heels . Could anyone help me to find out how I could progress to there ? Is there way I can ...
0
votes
3answers
91 views

Build muscle in Arms

I don't see any muscle at all in my arms ; I'm 98KG , with BMI of 28. Is it possible to get some improvement using dumbbells only at home ? It is a mystery to me how people build their muscles , is ...
1
vote
1answer
76 views

Rubber residue on weights stains clothing, carpets, hands

I bought a set of CAP dumbbells from Costco. The black rubber leaves residue on my hands, my clothing, and my carpet. Soap and water removed it from my hands. 'Resolve' carpet powder removed most (not ...
1
vote
2answers
291 views

Muscle mass with dumbbells only

Last summer I didn't have a job and had a lot of free time so I often was at the gym and achieved some results there. But in March things changed and I am waking up at 5:45 am and coming home at 8 pm ...
4
votes
5answers
6k views

Are dumbbells alone enough to build strength?

If I do exercises with dumbbells each day, will that be sufficient to build strength and tone muscle? I don't care to large biceps, I am just after some strength and definition. While doing other ...
2
votes
2answers
42 views

How to strengthen upper back without heavy dumbbell

I like doing bent-over rows. However, I've quickly outgrown my 50lb dumbbell, and am not strong enough yet to do pullups. I haven't any other equipment. What else can I do to get to the point where I ...
3
votes
3answers
145 views

Weird result of working biceps and triceps? strength depeleting?

Earlier I used to do regular pushups about 30-40 and was able to perform about 5 chinups everyday. I left training for a while and then for the past few weeks started training with 10kg dumbbells. ...
3
votes
1answer
53 views

How to pick up and rack dumbbells safely?

My current gym has no barbells, only dumbbells. I'm continuing my Starting Strength program of squats, bench press, overhead press, and a dumbbell dead lift. But, I have trouble racking and carrying ...
5
votes
3answers
453 views

Hack for fixed dumbbells

I've found different ways to add smaller increments to certain equipment in our gym. For example, for cables (where each plate weighs 15 lbs), I place a 5 lb or 10lb dumbbell above the first plate. ...
0
votes
2answers
37 views

How to prevent blisters on plam during normal excercises such as dumb bells

I normally lift dumb bells of about 7-8 kg(5 sets with 10 each) and later do pull-ups (2 sets of 25 with a gap in between)and later the chest press(2 sets of 25 with upto 20 kgs).Although in all these ...
-3
votes
1answer
58 views

How much dumbell weight will i lift? [closed]

My height is 155cm and weight is 36.5kg. i posted it if someone can help me out. I need to know how much weight i can lift given that data or their any other app that calculate it. I am underweight ...
1
vote
1answer
448 views

What is the maximum weight which adjustable dumbell handles can take?

Recently I haven't had much time to go to the gym so I decided to buy my own dumbells. I quickly realized adjustable dumbells are more cheaper than normal dumbells. I came across this: ...
2
votes
3answers
187 views

Dumbbell lifts vs Smith Machine lifts

The gym that I am a member of does not have any barbell free weight equipment, only dumbbells and the bar in the Smith machine (as well as other equipment such as cable machines, machines for specific ...
11
votes
4answers
48k views

Are squats with dumbbells as effective as squats with barbells?

I was wondering, if I were to use the same amount of weight with dumbbells as I would with a barbell while doing a squat, will I get the same benefits as I would using a barbell? Now I understand ...
0
votes
1answer
92 views

Chalice Squat Variation - Safe and Effective?

To replace the barbell back or front squat, I stand a heavy (80lb+) dumbell end-on on the floor, grasp the upper weights, and stand up. Is this a good alternative to the chalice squat? (Much more ...
2
votes
1answer
177 views

Compound exercise routine using dumbell

Are there standard workout programs available for all-compound exercises using dumbbells? My goal is to improve functional strength.
3
votes
2answers
752 views

Substituting dumbell bench press for barbell bench press

I would like to begin with the strong lifts 5x5 program. The only problem I have is the lack of a spotter or power rack for the bench press. Would it be a good idea to do dumbell bench press instead? ...
1
vote
2answers
296 views

Question about Newbie Gains

So I read about something called 'Newbie Gains', which is essentially how new people starting a workout routine will see themselves gaining a lot of muscle mass in the initial first few weeks of ...
3
votes
3answers
629 views

Dumbell Front Squat - preparation - how to get the dumbells up with good form

Looking at exrx for the Dumbell Front Squat, it says http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Quadriceps/DBFrontSquat.html: Preparation Stand with dumbbells grasped to sides. Clean dumbbells up to ...
7
votes
3answers
602 views

Dumbbell Weights: Diameter vs Width

I wonder how to add more weight to a dumbbell. Adding more plates of fewer weight or fewer plates of higher weight? With bigger plates the diameter grows and so will the minimum distance the ...
3
votes
3answers
4k views

List of Beginner Dumbbell Exercises?

I have a set of dumbbells that I would like to use in the new year. Is there a handy list somewhere (preferably with pictures) of beginner exercises I can do with my dumbbells? I do not have a weight ...
3
votes
2answers
978 views

Dumbbell / Free Weights Training Programme

I'm currently road running and swimming and I'd like to start strength training using free weights. I have access to a set of dumbbells and would like to make use of them, but searching for starter ...
0
votes
2answers
82 views

Chest workout to decrease muscular chest pain

My dad has been having a lot of chest pain lately. He went to the doctor, and got tested for a few things. The tests were all negative (the good kind), and the doctor told him that the pain must be ...
0
votes
0answers
69 views

What solutions for heavy foot dumbbells

To do fitness (the Desbonnet/Rouhet method) I need foot weights from 8 to 15Kg (17 to 33lbs) per foot. I only found 2Kg (4.5lbs) weights that you strap around your ankles. I would need to attach at ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

Can I use slightly unbalanced dumbbells?

Let's say on one side of the dumbbell I got 12 pounds, and on other I got 16 pounds. (I got dumbbells with 2 extra weights of 4 pounds...) Is it bad to add those 2 extra weights to 2 dumbbells on one ...
1
vote
2answers
463 views

Using only dumbbells for aesthetic gains

I'm 6ft and 200lbs. I have some stomach fat, not too much, but enough that I would like to lose it. My Dr. recently considered me very healthy weight-wise, although he didn't get into fat percentages. ...
5
votes
1answer
212 views

How can I microload a dumbell?

One of the often proposed benefits of barbells over dumbbells is the ability to load a barbell in smaller increments. For example, dumbells often have 1-2kg minimum jumps, so for any two handed ...
3
votes
1answer
556 views

Benefits of dumbell bench press with palms facing towards yourself

Can someone please tell me which muscles are involved when dumbbell bench press is done with palms facing towards yourself? I tried it with my elbow tucked by my side and next day I didn't feel ...
2
votes
2answers
127 views

Why not just increase the number of sets?

Suppose that you want to gain muscle mass by using a pair of dumbbells which are NOT so challenging for you anymore. You could probably increase the resistance with heavier weights, but you train at ...
1
vote
3answers
38 views

Which side to begin with, doing alternating exercises?

When doing alternating dumbbell exercises where you only work one side at a time, holding only one dumbbell, eg Dumbbell Rows or Kroc Rows, which side should I start with? I've taken a look at some ...
1
vote
1answer
285 views

Are there Common Dumbbell and Barbell Diameters?

I have some basic weights, dumbbells and a barbell. I've always assumed there were 30mm and 50mm diameters for weights, but when I measured my dumbbells they appear to be 25mm and my barbell is 30mm. ...
10
votes
2answers
698 views

Are there different muscular adaptations between barbell and dumbbell use?

Most exercises can be performed with similar weight and form using either a barbell or a pair of dumbells. I have heard that as people begin to lift heavier weights it becomes more difficult to ...
6
votes
1answer
574 views

Dumbbells and barbells: Where is the center of gravity?

(Assume we're near the Earth's surface, so that center and gravity and center of mass are basically the same.) I've heard that the "center of gravity is not fixed when there are two pivot points as ...
10
votes
5answers
3k views

Effects of wearing gloves

I just purchased a pull up bar and a set of dumbbells. From what I've read there are people who wear gloves at the gym and some don't. What are the effects and reasons of wearing gloves? Are there ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

Dumbbells: Why do a few heavy plates feel much heavier than many lighter ones?

I recently quit the local gym (budget restrictions) and started to workout from home instead. I bought a little set of 2x30kg adjustable dumbbells, and built a little bench for doing dumbbell bench ...
1
vote
1answer
75 views

Exercises for loosening up back muscles

I spend most my time sitting in front of my computer, so my back often feels tight and sometimes my upper back muscles between the shoulder blades are really hurting. So I'm looking for some ...
2
votes
1answer
6k views

Dumbbell Shoulder Press: Natural vs the usual grip

What is the difference? Does it target different muscles? It seems to me a bit more natural for my shoulders if I change the usual grip (open grip with palms out) and do a natural grip in my shoulder ...
5
votes
2answers
952 views

A strength workout with only adjustable dumbbells

While I recover from two simultaneous tendonitis caused by improper use of the pull-down machine, I cannot help thinking and re-designing the program I am going to do when I return to training. For ...
-1
votes
1answer
146 views

Dumbbell Scaption vs iron cross on rings [closed]

First, for reference, a dumbbell scaption: An iron cross on the rings: My question is... if someone weighs 140lbs and can do an iron cross is that the equivalent of doing a dumbbell scaption ...
4
votes
1answer
114 views

Leg Exercises with Dumbbells?

I have a pair of the Bowflex SelectTech 1090 dumbbells and a bench. They are great for upper-body workouts, but I'm looking for a way to use them for leg exercises as well. What leg exercises can I ...
3
votes
1answer
177 views

Will this workout help to reduce my weight?

I am a man weighing 81kg, 6ft 2inch, 25yrs and I've been going to the gym for the last two months. I don't have a gym trainer here (office gyms). My workouts are as follows: Day 1 Warm up: Running on ...
8
votes
2answers
2k views

Is just a pair of dumbbells enough?

I started consulting in November 2012. The 4-hour a day commute tires me out and leaves me with absolutely no time to do anything else, much less go to the gym. So, I haven't gone to the gym since ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Dumbbell Bent-over Row, possible without bench?

The Barbell Bent-over Row is a well known exercise. It is one of the exercises that StrongLifts 5x5 consists of. I was browsing exrx.net looking for a dumbbell version of this exercise but only found ...
7
votes
1answer
154 views

How to superset effectively?

I am just starting to incorporate some dumbbell exercises in my workout. I try to reduce pauses between exercises to get more stuff done in the same time and spend less time waiting. At the moment I ...
6
votes
3answers
3k views

How many sets and reps should I do as a beginner?

About a year ago, I asked a question looking for a list of beginner dumbbell exercises. A user suggested this helpful website, which I promptly bookmarked. Having procrastinated for the past 10 months ...
6
votes
1answer
184 views

Straight arm tricep kickbacks. How straight should my arm be?

I just can't seem to get my arm dead straight with any weight. I can get it 95% straight with about 15lbs, but there comes a point where my shoulder starts lifting instead and my tricep is just not ...
12
votes
3answers
714 views

Dumbbell weight training for distance running

What weight training exercises can I do with dumbbells that will benefit me most for running 5-10ks? Are stomach crunches/sit ups worth doing too?
2
votes
2answers
464 views

Seeking a barbell/dumbbell workout for a very small room

Here's my situation... I have a bench, a barbell with 300 pounds of plates, and dumbbells up to 100 pounds (each) in a very small room. I am 5'9" tall and weigh 159 pounds. My bench is very close to ...