The Home Gym Weight Dilemma – Dumbbells Or Weight Machines?


Dumbbells and weight machines are typical elements in home gyms. Here’s the skinny on both.


York free weightConfusion: “I’ll need a huge set of dumbbells to get a complete workout. That will cost a lot and take up too much space.”

Truth: Dumbbells come in many different weights.  You don’t need a wholes set, start with 10lb-25 lb sets.  For reps, these are perfect for most

Confusion: Won’t I get bulky if I use dumbbells? I don’t want to build muscle. I just want to tone up.

Truth: Only if your genetics have given you extra testosterone, or if you spend hours a day practicing bodybuilding methods, could you possibly look bulky from using dumbbells.

Instead, your dumbbell exercises will give you that firm, tone look. Your metabolism will increase like crazy, and your bones will get stronger, too.

Weight Machines

Bodycraft GL Multi-Function TrainerConfusion: Won’t dumbbells and free weights cost less than weight machines?

Truth: You aren’t just buying equipment by the piece. Total costs should be based on total exercises you’ll do. Modern weight machines have efficient, sleek designs and many exercise options.

Instead, consider getting a weight machine that offers both upper- and lower-body exercises.

Confusion: Weight machines don’t give the best workout because you work muscles one-at-a-time instead of grouped.

Truth: The latest weight machines are designed to work muscles more dynamically than before. They simulate real movement. They work the muscles naturally and effectively.

Instead of buying the old-fashioned models, consider newer styles that offer the best of free weight movements using stacked weights and handle attachments.

Having the best of both worlds

Modern equipment designs allow us to have more equipment, taking up less space in the home, for lower costs. And they give a much better workout than their ancient predecessors.

Select pairs of  dumbbells along with one functional trainer unit will give you endless workout options. Together, they can give you the toned body you want!

Instead of choosing one or the other, remember: getting toned up will never happen with just one product, one habit, one exercise, or one piece of equipment!

Just like any other successful program in your life, you need to keep it fun and challenging with a variety of tools!

Source by Nina Schnipper

Note from Brigadoon Fitness

As we know strength training has many benefits, from stronger bones and muscles, to better balance and weight maintenance. When it comes to the question of free weights or machines it can get tricky since both will work many of the same muscles. Weight machines are great for beginners because they teach proper form and reduce the risk of injury. Dumbbells/free weights are more versatile, can be more efficient, and allow you to work out more muscles. Whichever one you choose, make Brigadoon Fitness your first call.

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