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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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Building muscle at home gym & cardio 4/5 days

I'm looking for a muscle-building program (4-5 days/week) that I can follow at my home gym. I have an elliptical bike, water rower, dumbbells, barbell (straight and EZ curl), and I'd like to ...
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Order of exercise in full body workout routine

I do full body workouts from home on alternate days, and I was wondering if there is a particular order to target specific muscle groups of the body. I usually go from bottom to top as in, legs first, ...
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How does the targeted musculature differ when lateral raises are done with DBs held to a front facing angle?

Alfred does lateral raises with his palms facing toward each other, and the dumbbells parallel with his forward facing feet. Bob does them with his palms facing forward and the dumbbells parallel with ...
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Chest supported row with big dumbbells

I'am accustomed to performing chest supported row in a 30 degrees bench with dumbbells. My current problem is that I'm performing it with 32kg dumbbell per side and they start to limit my range of ...
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What is accomplished by standing dumbbell lat raises that isn’t accomplished by starting Arnold presses?

I’ve been told before that Arnold presses work the entire shoulder and that lateral raises specifically target the lateral deltoids. Does that mean that Arnold presses target everything that lat ...
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Chest vs hand supported rows?

When doing single arm dumbell rows, is there any significant difference in function or hypertrophy between doing them chest supported on an inclined bench or hand supported on a flat bench?
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Shoulder press machine vs dumbells

I've heard, and through my own experiences discovered, that for bodybuilding/hypertrophy purposes machine exercises are superior because they provide more stability they have a more even resistance ...
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Getting dumbbells on knees for the dumbbell benchpress

For doing dumbbell benchpress, I've figured one can simply farmers carry the dumbbells to the narrow end of the bench, but what is the proper form to get it up onto the knees for the position before ...
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Breathing technique when doing the across bench dumbbell pull over to minimize injury and maximize hypertrophy

Follow up to this question, I'd like to ask how are we supposed to breath when doing this exercise? Normally when there is a chest related movement, we have to do the valsalva maneveur but I heard ...
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Neck getting tired in across bench dumbbell pull over

I'm trying to do the pull over variant like in the above pic, and one issue I have is, when doing it, I feel my neck is getting exhausted faster than anything else. Am I doing something wrong or is ...
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Chest press vs flys

I understand the practical differences between these two exercises And that then you work the just in different ways, but my question is why... from a more technical standpoint? I ask this because ...
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What will happen when i used 2.5 kg heavier dumbbell on my right side during bench press?

I’ve started to consistently going to the gym for around 7 months now, and I’m seeing good results for which i am satisfied. On one of my training sessions, I accidentally picked up 2.5 kg heavier ...
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Are dumbbell exercises counted in weight per side or total?

Bob does a set of dumbbell bench presses and is chatting with his mate in the locker room, comparing PRs. If Bob held one 16kg dumbbell in each hand, has he done a set of 16kg dumbbell benches, or ...
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Why is my incline bench the same with dumbbells as it is with the barbel

I have heard that your bench press should be around 15% weaker with dumbbells as it is with the barbell. This pretty much holds true for my flat bench. All these stats are for sets of 6: for incline ...
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Bending elbows 90 degrees for DB lat raises

Imagine that one has ones arms straight by ones sides, thumbs pointing forwards, palms facing own body and each other. Now imagine bending elbows 90deg as if to do a biceps hammer curl. Now use this ...
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Any advantages of DB press over pushups?

Apart from heavier loads, are there any advantages of doing DB presses over pushups? I took it that pushups would be classed as being better as I just assumed they would work more muscles fibres, but ...
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Problems while doing dumbbell curl

Currently I am a beginner in muscle building and to train my bicep muscles I am using dumbbells and I am performing dumbbell curls with them. While performing the curls, after some reps my left arm ...
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Converting dumbbell weights to barbell weights

I like to use dumbbells for upper body with some regularity to make sure my left arm stays equally strong compared to my right. As everyone is aware, using dumbbells requires using lighter weights; I ...
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Is it common for much longer sets to be done using Dumbbells than would be done with barbells?

I feel like I often see much longer sets in the sense of each set having many more reps done on the dumbbell area of the gym while I’ve often heard people recommend sets of a few as 3 reps each on the ...
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What muscles are worked by this exercise (dumbbell around-the-world lateral raise), and does it have a different name?

I've stumbled on this exercise in my own experimentation and then searched for and found this video which seems to mirror what I've been doing fairly closely (although I've been seated against a right-...
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Seated Shoulder Press vs Single Dumbbell Front Raises

Yesterday, I was doing Seated Shoulder Press (ExRx), with good posture, but then the gym trainer came and stopped me and told me to do Single Dumbbell Front Raises (Video) instead. And he also told me ...
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Why is a barbell bench press stronger than a dumbbell bench press?

When I maxed out my bench press, I could lift 150 pounds. However, I only lift a maximum of 60 pound dumbbells however I try. I could not lift 65 pound dumbbells (130 pounds) but I could lift a 150 ...
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Does using dumbbells have stability advantages?

I am just seeking clarity here. Bench pressing with a bar vs using dumbbells. When it comes to strength and stability, does one offer a greater benefit than the other? I heard using dumbbells has a ...
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Is it normal to plateau or stop making visible progress after a year of training?

I have been weightlifting now for a little over a year and I am wondering is it normal to hit a plateau meaning I am not seeing visible results anymore. I know visible results aren't priority but I am ...
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PowerBlocks Sport 9.0 Exp Expansion Options [closed]

I recently picked up an older pair of PowerBlocks (Sport 9.0 Exp). PowerBlocks no longer makes the expansions (stage 2 or stage 3) for my model. Does anyone know of another model of PowerBlocks that ...
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How to increase suitcase carry endurance?

I have a rather practical problem... I want to be able to carry 10kg bag from store to home without taking any breaks. In other words: I want to be able do a nonstop suitcase carry for 10-15 minutes ...
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name of this exercise

I search for the name of this exercices : (I am very strong in drawings) the arm is against the body with the dumbbell in suspension keep the elbow glued to the body and raise the forearm we finish ...
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Dumbbell weight steps don't match my next progress step

I'm a 50 yo man doing general core strengthening exercises with adjustable dumbbells at home. Generally each of the exercises I do at medium weight, 3 sets of 10 reps a few times a week. My dumbbell ...
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Dumbbell deadlift vs. squats

I'm fairly new to heavy lifting. I've been working out at home with adjustable dumbbells (my only equipment). Working out 3 times/week, among the exercises I've had recommended are deadlifts and ...
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Shoulder dumbbell press scapula and shoulder positioning

I have noticed that the typical db shoulder press starts from a position where elbows and arms(including dumbbells) are perfectly parallel to the body in most images I see online, looking like the end ...
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One arm won't fold after some reps while doing bicep dumbbell curls

Currently I am a beginner in muscle building and to train my bicep muscles I am using dumbbells and I am performing dumbbell curls with them. While performing the curls, after some reps my left arm ...
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Define lower chest ( dumbells of 5 kg -after 10kg and goes on ) - Home

I have seen many answers on how "to define the lower chest". I see something interesting as an answer "As your feet go higher, you're targeting more of the lower-chest." Is that ...
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Dumbbell bench press: how to get into position

when I practice dummbbell bench press, I'm afraid more of how to get into the right position than how to perform the exercise. Precisely, these are the steps that should be performed (images taken ...
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My spinlock collars keep coming loose all the time

I have a set of iron dumbbell/barbell using 1" spinlock (York I think). Ever since new the collars come loose within a few reps even though they have a rubber insert. I was wondering can I use ...
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Dumbbell Pallof Press?

Is it possible to still perform the Pallof Press correctly with dumbbells? If my understanding of this exercise is correct, it is more of an anti-rotation exercise and I'm uncertain if the benefits ...
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How to increase weights if the weight is already low?

I am doing training only for my sake, i.e., for general activity and slightly better body. I don't have any long term goals. I exercise twice a week in winters and once every two days in spring and ...
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How to adjust weights to my short stature?

TLDR: I'm significantly shorter than an average man. How should I (or Should I) take this into account when choosing my weights? I'm an absolute beginner who has recently started exercising with ...
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Is it a bad idea to do double dumbbell exercises with a single dumbbell?

My sad home gym consists of an exercise bench and a single adjustable-weight dumbbell. I've been using this random Athlean-X video as a template, but three of the suggested eight exercises use two ...
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How can I improve my renegade row?

I've been using the ASICS Studio app for workouts recently. I've seen an improvement in my ability to do several exercises, but one of the ones that I still struggle with is the renegade row. I'm not ...
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Good hypertrophy program if you only have dumbbells?

So I'm stuck staying at home now and for the foreseeable future, and I don't have enough equipment to keep up with strength goals. Specifically, I have no barbell, no rack, etc. I do have dumbbells ...
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Expected progress for beginners in 6 months

I've started weight training a few weeks ago with light weights. 39 years, 189cm, 89kg, never trained before. Right now I'm doing 2 sets of 10 reps with 6.5kg dumbells in bench press. I can do more, ...
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How do I calculate the calories and proteins intake given these parameters?

I know it depends on many parameters, and it's subjective. I'm asking for an approximation, I don't need exact values. My goal is to get "bigger", to gain muscles weight. I'm 1.85m. 75.3 Kgs. Due ...
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Workouts with 80 lbs. Kettlebell and Two 40 lbs. Dumbbells to build Muscle

Background on me: I'm 19 and I've been lifting for about 1.5 years now but more consistently for the past month and have been doing on-off for the past couple months since August, and as my university ...
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How to train and build up for loading heavy dumbbells for chest and shoulder press?

For chest & shoulder press, a typical way to get load (or set up initial position) is to kick dumbbells up with feet, with advantage of momentum ( & use of biceps) bring the dumbbells to ...
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Frontal Elevations VS Military Press: Differences in terms of muscles used, hypertrophy and speed of progression in terms of number of repetitions?

I would want to know what are these differences between dumbells frontal elevations and dumbells military press?
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I am using dumbbells to exercise and I was wondering what to do when you go to the maximum dumbbell you have?

I am using dumbbells to exercise and I was wondering what to do when you go to the maximum dumbbell weight you have? Should I increase the amount of sets I do and if so how many sets is to high or is ...
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Is Thumb position important in dumbell exercise

While doing any dumbbell or barbell exercises, is it okay to place the thumbs 'outwards' instead of curling them on the grip? For instance, when doing a hammer curl, can I put my thumbs outwards, ...
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What can I do to work on uneven shoulders / back?

During a bench press, on the way down, my spotters tell me that my barbell is coming down a bit slanted, which I think means that I have uneven shoulders / back. What can I do instead to correct this?...
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Could have benefits of one arm dumbell bench-press?

I have incorporated dumbell bench-presses into my workout routine. I use progressive overloading, so every second or third workout I increase the weight I lift. Until now it has worked well and I have ...
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Dumb Bell Routine to Build Muscle

Hi I'm looking for an exercise routine I can implement with the equipment I have: Adjustable Dumb Bells 5-45 lbs. (non-adjustable) Workout bench. I'm also open to Calisthenics and cardio. My goals ...
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