Being fit and toned is synonymous to being healthy and strong. With the extensive range of fitness equipments available in the market, one need not take painstaking efforts to remain fit and well toned.
The most basic of exercise equipments that you will find in any gymnasium are dumbbell weights. An amazing piece of exercise equipment, a dumbbell weight is a free weight that can be used in pairs or as individual weights for a variety of exercises. It is a short bar with a ball or disk attached at the ends.
Dumbbells are available in various forms and one can choose according to your exercise needs and the level of fitness you are aiming at. Dumbbell weights come in three different varieties.
Adjustable dumbbell weights come with a textured bar for a firm grip. This will avoid untoward accidents of weights slipping off from your hands. The disks are slid into the bars and secured using collars. Some dumbbells come with threaded ends for large nuts and collars.
While buying adjustable dumbbell weights, care should be taken to ensure that the weights are of good quality and can be slid off and on easily. Depending on the weight you can lift, the disks can be changed to suit your needs.
Fixed- Weight dumbbells
Fixed weight dumbbells have weights that are fixed and hence cannot be changed. They come in a variety of materials like steel, chrome plated, PVC coated, corrosion free, with the most expensive being cast iron, coated with rubber for safety purposes. Fixed Weight dumbbells also come in plastic with concrete fillings that are easy on your pocket.
These dumbbell weights have a selector that can be tuned to add or reduce the weight mechanically without manual intervention. The selector comprises a handle that can be dropped down between the stacks of weights. The weight plates can be used as an individual weight or connected weights from both the sides. This makes it easy to change weights while you exercise, without affecting the flow of movement.
Dumbbell Arm curl- The arm curl involves bending the elbow of one arm, palm facing upward and bringing the dumbbell to the shoulder. This flexes the elbow joint and muscles of the upper arm.
Dumbbell Overhead Press
A dumbbell overhead press can be done by standing or sitting. With the dumbbells on each hand, resting above the shoulders with an overhand grip, the weight should be raised above the head slowly. You exhale as you move the hand upward.
Choosing a comfortable weight is important for a dumbbell lunge. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and allow it to hang comfortably at your sides. Feet a little apart and palm facing the thighs, take a step forward while bending the knee until the front thigh is parallel to the ground. The back leg is bent at the knee and balanced at the toes. Step back to the starting position to repeat with the other leg.