As people have become more conscious of their bodies, there has been an increase in the number of people who are interested exercise and fitness. As a result, many individuals are looking to be able to fit in a workout as convienently as possible. Because we all lead hectic lives, it can be difficult to find the time to make it to a gym. Fortunately, there are many pieces of exercise equipment on the market which don’t take up a tremendous amount of space and allow us to get in a workout from the comfort of our homes.
If you do any sort of weight training, then you probably already know that one of the best tools out there to build muscle are dumbbells. There are a couple drawbacks though to being able to use dumbbells at home on your own. They are expensive to buy and require a lot of space to be able to store. Most dumbbell workouts require the use of multiple pairs of dumbbells, this is because you usually need a variety of weights. However, there is a nice solution to these problems in the form of selectable dumbbell sets.
Adjustable dumbbell sets have been around for a few years. Also referred to as selectable dumbbells, they allow you to have a full range of weights in a single pair of dumbbells. They are usually a bit larger than typical dumbbells but save tons of space by allowing you to ‘adjust’ or ‘select’ a certain weight, usually by turning a dial or knob.
Adjustable dumbbells come in all kinds of sizes and increments. The heaviest ones you can buy usually go up to 120lbs, but are more typically offered in max weight of 70 lbs per dumbbell, with the minimum amount of weight going as low as 5 pounds. Seeing as they can replace an entire weight rack of conventional dumbbells, they are somewhat expensive. But when you compare that to the expense of 10-12 pairs of dumbbells, they are still cheaper and more convenient.
There are a number of different manufacturers of selectable dumbbells on the market. The best-selling ones are made by Bayou Fitness , Bowflex, Ironmaster, Powerblock, and Universal.
Some brands selectables are better than others. One thing you should watch out for is the quality of materials used. It is generally not advised to go with any dumbbells that use a lot of plastic as these can crack when dropped, or even crack just from general use. Another thing to look out for is the size of the particular dumbbell, as some are simply to big to perform some of the more popular dumbbell exercises. In any event, if you do your homework, you will be able to find a pair that fits your needs and helps you to build the body you want.