The options for increasing lean muscle are endless, from chopping wood to power lifting. But if you neither live on a farm, nor are thrilled with the idea of throwing a bar and plates over your head, then dumbbells might be the way to go.
Being relatively safe, highly efficient and cost effective are just a few good reasons to go the dumbbell route.
Whether you set up your own home gym or join the local fitness centre, they are easily accessible for just about everyone. Dumbbell training not only makes you stronger, but also tones and tightens your muscles.
Investing in dumbbells is a great idea because they are so versatile. Besides the obvious reasons that dumbbells take up little space, they can be transported easily and are easy on the pocket book. Some other benefits to using dumbbells might be;
Change exercises on the fly…You can move from one exercise to another by just putting down the old ones and picking up the new ones. This makes dumbbells great for continual type exercise program like you might find in HIIT.
Balanced workout for the whole body…Dumbbells are versatile enough to be used for training the whole body (Calves, Shins, Quadriceps, Hamstrings, Core, Lower Back, Upper Back, Chest, Shoulders, Rotator Cuff, Biceps, Triceps, Forearms, Wrists, Neck).
- Regardless of your bone structure or joint articulation, dumbbells will move naturally with your body. Since each arm moves independently, any natural constrictions will be easily accommodated.
- You can internally or externally rotate your shoulders to change the exercise (even as you are moving through the exercise) or increase the benefit by targeting the muscle.
- Getting an increased range of motion is much easier than with machines or even barbells. Most machines follow the same line of movement every time and barbells are limited to the movement that can be done with both sides.
- Arms are forced to work independently so there is no compensating with the stronger arm doing most of the work. You can focus on working one side to build the weaker side.
Easily used for HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)…By bringing your heart rate UP for short bursts you will maximum calorie burn, while training in the most time efficient manner. The reason dumbbells work so well with HIIT is you can quickly and easily change from one exercise to another; drop and go.
Great for functional training…Also described as exercising to replicate real life movements in order to become more proficient at performing everyday tasks. Using dumbbells requires inter-muscular coordination with muscles working together to complete a task. Exercises like the Deadlift strengthen all the muscles associated with bending over and picking up a heavy object.
If cost is a barrier to purchasing an expensive strength training gym, you can rest assured that a small investment in some dumbbells will reap you just as much benefit, and maybe even more.