Questions tagged [dumbbells]

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rubber residue on weights stains clothing, carpets, hands [closed]

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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 each ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Getting ripped only by dumbells

I am a man who, due to privacy issues, do not like to go to the gym. But one of my biggest dreams, like any other men in my age (20's), is to have a beautiful body and ripped muscles. I have been ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are tricep overhead extensions shoulder healthy? [duplicate]

The thing is, the movement of a dumbbell tricep extension looks so complex that I wonder if it is shoulder safe or not. Can one do triceps overhead extensions without damaging shoulders? And if not, ...
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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 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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Are barbells really more beneficial than dumbbells?

A lot of experienced bodybuilder a will claim that dumbbells are less beneficial and for higher reps and that the barbells are what is really important... Is this true?
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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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More sets with smaller weight vs. more reps with higher weight

I have read the old saying that one should focus on more weight and fewer reps for muscle gain and vice versa for endurance gain. I have also read about most exercises that a set should be between 8 ...
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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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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 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 ...