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.

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Is bench press with dumbbells less effective?

Is bench press with dumbbells less effective than bench press with barbell, if so why?
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Are small workouts worth the time?

I have a set of adjustable dumbbells in the basement that I haven't used in awhile and every time I start an exercise regiment, it never lasts. I would like to start using them again, minimally. But, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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What is the best set of dumbbell exercises for a complete upper arm workout?

I'd like to find a good set of dumbbell exercises for a "complete" upper arm workout - working out the biceps, triceps, and brachialis* muscles fairly evenly. What combination of curls or other ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What are the pros and cons of these 3 types of dumbbells?

I'm about to buy a set of dumbbells. I am choosing between Spinlock dumbbells: Rubberized Hex Dumbbells: or Cap Barbell Dumbbells. I can't tell if there are advantages or disadvantages to ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to do deadlifts with dumbbells?

I dont have access to a barbell, yet i still want to try and do deadlifts, so i was wondering if anybody knows how to explain to me the proper technique, or maybe even refer me to an article or video ...
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Hand position in dumbbell bench press

How does hand position in a dumbbell flat bench affect which muscles are activated? The positions I know are palms facing each other and the traditional palms facing down. On rare occasions I see ...
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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 ...
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What are the ball bearings in dumbbells and barbells for?

Well the question title pretty much says it. While browsing the web for dumbbells I stumbled over the supposedly cheaper 30mm bars and the 50mm bars that all seem to be ball beared. What is the ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What weight dumbbells should I buy?

I asked this question about how to build some basic muscle. Based on the answers I think I will buy some dumbbells, but I am not sure what weight to buy. My height is 184cm(just over 6 feet) and ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Squatting with dumbbells. Cannot reach parallel. Is it really important?

I'm about to start working out at home. I have 40kg x 2 dumbbells and want to squat with them. Given I keep the dumbbells at my sides, because of the diameter of plates it isn't possible to reach ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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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 ...
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Correct form of cuban rotation with a single dumbbell

What is the correct way to perform cuban rotation with a single dumbbell? I am experimenting with cuban rotation as an assistance exercise for olympic lifting and gymnastic arm balances. My current ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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Compound exercise routine using dumbell

Are there standard workout programs available for all-compound exercises using dumbbells? My goal is to improve functional strength.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Tightening Dumbbells

What are some good methods of tightening bolts on dumbbells? This is not directly related to fitness or nutrition, but most people here have likely encountered loose weights at the gym. Our ...
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Is there any benefit to dumbbell flys on a flat bench vs dumbbell flys on an incline bench?

So like the title says : Is there any benefit to dumbbell flys on a flat bench vs dumbbell flys on an incline bench? Does one position offer something the other does not?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What are good dumbbells or barbells for P90X?

I'm looking to buy a barbell/dumbbell set to start doing P90X again. I came across the Bowflex and the Powerblock adjustable sets, but they just seem so freaking expensive ($300 to start for each). ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...