This is the fifth in a series of posts about developing your home fitness space. Stay tuned for more tips, tricks, and tools, and check out our posts on yoga blocks, foam rollers, exercise balls, and yoga mats!
Dumbbells aren't just for heavy lifters at the gym, nor do you have to struggle with extreme weights to get a workout. There are so many ways to strengthen your body with small hand weights right in your own home. If you are building your personal fitness area — or simply want to fit in a quick strength session before work, hand weights are a great tool. Here's our recommendation.
How to Choose: We like to have a variety of weights available for different muscle groups. Generally, heavier weights work well for big muscles while lighter weights are best used for smaller ones. Start with a set of each: 3, 5, and 7-8 pounds to get enough variety between exercises and to mix it up as you grow stronger.
You can find hand weights at sporting goods stores, Target, or even on Amazon. Nonslip neoprene weights are great for sweaty hands — vinyl weights are also great. These also come in a variety of colors to brighten your fitness space.
How to Use: There are dozens, maybe even hundreds, of ways to use your dumbbells. Hold a heavier weight at your chest as you squat or one in each hand as you lunge. Shoulder presses, bicep curls, chest fly, upright rows — you name it. If you've never worked with a trainer or participated in a strength class at the gym, watch a few videos on YouTube to make sure you understand proper form for each exercise to avoid injury. If appropriate, consult your doctor and/or trainer with questions.
Congratulations! You're well on your way to having your very own home gym!
Your biggest fans in health and wellness,
Angela and Team TRANSFORM