Quick Question About Dumbells.

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    May 12, 2013 2:17 AM GMT
    I've been wanting to get myself a good set of dumbells for a while now. My dad has 1 (not a set, just 1) and I really like how it works my arms. But it isn't very heavy, so I don't feel anything unless I've been using it for awhile. And here comes the questions:

    How are you supposed to use dumbells, specifically what is the best way?

    Do you do short intense busts or long endurance at a decent weight?

    For me, if I could only buy one set, should I buy something that I can barely lift to begin with? Or something I can lift with some effort and will tire my muscles with continual use.

    I'm not really trying to get bigger, just stronger.

    I could really use some help here guys. icon_smile.gif
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    May 12, 2013 2:39 AM GMT
    Buy a fully stocked 3-tier dumbbell rack. It'll only cost $500-1000, depending on how flashy you like your dumbbells.
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    May 12, 2013 4:28 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidBuy a fully stocked 3-tier dumbbell rack. It'll only cost $500-1000, depending on how flashy you like your dumbbells.


    icon_eek.gif That's way out of my price range. And I don't have the space. I was thinking somewhere under $50, just to start. And that really didn't answer my intial question. icon_neutral.gif
  • MikeW

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    May 12, 2013 5:43 PM GMT
    You can probably find a cheap (or possibly even free) dumb bell set on craigslist or some such. They don't have to be beautiful. As far as weight, you won't need anything under 5lbs or over 25 to 50 lbs to start with. Basically, get as many and as heavy as you can afford (two of each, obviously).

    Your training question isn't as simple as you might think. You may need to learn some stuff about the different types of muscle fibers and how to train them.

    As for form, there are so many youtube videos out there you could spend the rest of your life watching them. Bodybuilding.com's Exercise Guide might be a place to start. Once you know which muscles you want to work on and what exercises do that (what they're called) you can google/youtube your little heart out.

    Good luck!