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In Starting Strength, a well-known book on barbell training, Mark Rippetoe says (emphasis mine): In fact, the dumbbell version of the exercise, which actually predates the barbell version due to its less specialized equipment requirements, is probably a better exercise for most purposes other than training for a powerlifting competition. This is ...


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There is a difference, in that you are changing the load on your core. Squats are not "just a leg exercise" as many people assume that it is. There are several variations of squats, and they each have their place. If you choose to do dumbbell squats, I highly recommend Goblet Squats. Instead of the weight at your sides, it is in front of you. This ...


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Let's start at this point: Some exercise > no exercise In short, if you are doing something, anything, you will make positive steps toward fitness. The problem with stopping there, is that usually the something people choose, doesn't maintain their interest. This can be a result of not perceiving any benefit, or shear boredom. Your goals are stated in ...


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Pros and cons are pretty obvious, but I'd like to point out that both the York spinlocks and Cap spinlocks you linked to are essentially the same type of dumbbell. You've got two classes of dumbbells: Adjustable Non-adjustable The pros and cons of non-adjustable dumbbells like the hex dumbbells you linked to are going to be the same whether the weight is ...


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I see three options: Magnets or Washers You could glue together some washers or magnets in 1.25 pound (or half-pound, or whatever) increments. This could change your jumps from five pounds per dumbbell to two and a half pounds per dumbbell (or even less). This is the best method to directly replicate barbells. Adjustable Dumbbells Some dumbbells are like ...


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Callouses form when your skin is pinched between gravity and the bar. If you learn to grab the bar in such a way that your skin is no longer pinched, you will prevent the formation of callouses. Additionally, using chalk helps improve your grip while also preventing callouses because the bar doesn't move as easily in your hands (as opposed to when they are ...


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You can buy dumbbell magnets to attach to the head of the dumbbells. I've typically seen 1.25lb magnets, though I suppose you can probably find 2.5 lb magnets as well.


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The ball bearings allow the weights to rotate without the bar in your hand needing to rotate. As you move a weight in most exercises, unless you have amazing form, some amount of rotational energy will be transfered to the weight. This is true in Olympic lifts even if you have perfect form. If the weight was not allowed to move freely, you would need to ...


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Height and weight are one factor another is your current strength level. I would recommend simple and cheap dumbbells that you can add weight to - DO NOT get sucked into the adjustable ones (bowflex, etc.) where you can dial the weight you want - they will cost you 20 times more and are difficult to adjust and clanky to use. I would recommend enough weight ...


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In my opinion, the dumbbell bent over row is a superior exercise for the following reasons: Your body is better supported--making this more desirable if you have chronic back problems It builds your grip much better than the barbell variation It keeps the shoulders, elbows, etc. in a more natural position. Now, in order to perform the dumbbell row without ...


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No. Different moves are different. Most notably, holding dumbbells up is not the same as pushing down on rings.


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Pro Dumbbell Allows for a more natural movement. You can do more movements. Could not do flies with a bar... A seasoned lifter does not need a spotter. Work your fixator/balancing muscles more. Force you to use each side equally. Can really help if you have a muscle imbalance. Can help stress smaller muscle groups. Stretches muscles better (with correct ...


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In general, neutral grip (palms facing each other) presses are much easier on your shoulder. This is true of the dumbbell bench press, pull ups, etc. By easier, I mean less stress on the connective tissue (ligaments and tendons), rotator cuff, as well as being more mechanically advantageous. That means you can load it heavier with a neutral grip (palms ...


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I'd like to break down a few things first which I think might help to explain what I think is going on with your situation. First off, great work on starting with chinups / pullups. They are a terrific compound exercise that works basically everything from your mid back to your fingers. Bicep curls on the other hand are maybe not the most absurd exercise, ...


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Dumbbell training is deceptively harder in many respects than barbell training. You can go a long way with just dumbbells, and you can get monstrously strong with them. The key is about programming (structuring your routine) to allow you to go heavy and increase weights regularly. However, you should use a variety of tools to help you in your efforts. ...


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When in doubt, start light and work up to heavy. As far as particular types of dumbbells to get, the simpler to use the better. As Meade Rubenstein pointed out, the adjustable dumbbells (dial-a-weight style) really aren't that easy to use--and the moving parts only add to the complicated nature of those weights. The question then is fixed or adjustable? ...


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It is a different exercise. Quoting Mark Rippetoe (Starting Strength, p.68): ... the dumbbell version ... is probably a better exercise for most purposes other than powerlifting competition. He also says that getting into position, and getting up with the dumbbells after the set "is a large part of the fun", and that they require more conscious ...


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Is this routine enough to get me back on shape or am I going to need to join the gym again? What is so special about the gym? Treadmills/steppers? Do the cardio outside. Freeweights isolation? Just use a pair of dumbbells with adjustable plates. Barbell strength routine? Buy a power rack for cheap off of craigslist. Whatever you can do in a gym, you can do ...


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On review of your previous questions, I'm worried that you may be program-hopping. I understand that injuries are to be respected, but it's more important to be consistent on any one single program than to constantly switch from StrongLifts to Reg Park to a minimal bodyweight-only program to dumbbells and onward to something else. You seem to be experiencing ...


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I'm no expert, but if I were stuck with dumbbells as my only strength and power training equipment, the following exercises would be my first choices: Lunges with maximal weight Power cleans, and power snatches with heavy but submaximal weight Overhead Presses and Push Presses with maximal weight (NB: these combine well with the power cleans) Turkish get-...


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The first thing to know when creating a strength training program is that you need to work out all of the muscle groups to prevent injury or an awkwardly proportioned body (you don't want to look like the Hulk up top when you look like a stick figure down below). This being the case, there are two ways you can approach building a workout routine: Do full ...


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Yes. To build strength, you need to progressively overload your muscles during a workout. Overloading the muscles causes muscle growth. If you start out with 20lb dumbbells and progress to 40lb dumbbells over a month or so; it means you got stronger. It doesn't matter whether you use dumbbells, barbells, or weight training machines. If you're ...


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The narrower your center of gravity the harder it is to balance the plate. Think about trying to press a relatively light bar that was 30 feet across. It would be very taxing to balance this bar even if it didn't weigh much. The balancing will happen from the use of your muscles, and the wider the weight distribution makes it seems heavier - due to more ...


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Dumbbells are an excellent choice for bench and overhead pressing. For deadlifts they're kind of not great, because it gets awkward as soon as it gets heavy. I'd do lots of Romanian dumbbell deadlifts, or dumbbell power cleans, instead. For squats, I'd do lunges with dumbbells before I'd do the Smith machine. That his is just not right.


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There are two main hazards for your hands when gripping things: developing callouses and blisters. If you have blisters (area of skin covering a pocket of puss), it is because you are letting the implement move in your hand. The way to minimize callouses and prevent blisters is to learn how to grip the implement so it doesn't move in your hand: If you are ...


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First, I've decided to return the weights. There's a point at which it's just not worth the mental and time effort to solve a problem. I've reached that point. Second, before getting to this point, I tried ideas found on Stackexchange and on the web at large, and (D'oh!) spoke to people in other fields who would feasibly have solutions. Here's the rundown. ...


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Barbells lets you use significantly more weight than dumbbells because you don't have to use as much balance, very few people use dumbbells half as heavy as their barbells, personally, I can add about 25% of the weight I'd use with dumbbells in total. This means you can put a heavier load on your triceps, pecs and shoulders (maybe), which in turn means ...


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