The Adjustable Dumbbells and Dumbbell Sets for Successful Fat Burning Workouts.
Looking into adjustable dumbbells or dumbbells sets that are going to help you get better fatloss results from your fat burning workouts?
Your options are many but this quick dumbbell guide compares different dumbbells and shows you which ones will be the easiest to use with all your fatloss workouts.
Find an affordable practical pair then get started with the best dumbbell exercises workout at the bottom of the page or any of the workouts in our dumbbell workouts area.
The Best Adjustable Dumbbells
Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbells. These dummbbells adjust from 5 lb to 52.5 lb with a quick click and are awesome for 3 main reasons. They replace all those dumbbells that take up a ton of space and can end up misplaced. They are super comfortable and feel like real dumbbells and you can switch the weight out easily so you can move quickly from one exercise to the next without wasting any time.
Other things to know: They have a 2/5 year warranty, are typically found for less online than in stores, have gotten rave reviews by tons of users, come with a dvd, just came out in a lighter more affordable version 2.5 lb to 20 lb.
Downside: They are a bit more fragile than other adjustable dumbbells so you definitely can't drop them on the floor. They can't be held from the ends for more dynamic exercises.
PowerBlock SportBlock Adjustable 3- to 24-Pounds per Dumbbell Set (featured in the WorkoutMuse video above). These dumbbells have been around for ages and are great for 2 main reasons. They are super versatile going from 5lb to 90lb with one quick pin adjustment so you can share them and move quickly through supersets and circuits. They are also incredibly durable and will last you a long time.
Other things to know: The micro loading feature is awesome for working up to a heavier weight. The expanding feature allows you to buy a lighter set then expand into a heavier set when you're ready. They will save you tons of money over time.
Downside: They are a bit bulky and not as comfortable as real weights. They are not easy to use with fullbody exercises like chops, kettlebell swings, lunges with twists.
I got a set of adjustable dumbbells just like this one about 5 years ago for about $40. I had access to 2 gyms and a private training studio but needed to be able to do quick workouts at home. I didn't want to spend much money, and could design my workouts with minimal weight adjustments to avoid having to screw and unscrew weights on. A great choice if you don't have much money to spend.
Advantages: These are the the most affordable adjustable dumbbells you can buy but other advantages include being able to use just the plates or just the bar for quick shoulder exercises and ab workouts. Being able to buy additional plates for heavier back and chest work for very little money.
Disadvantages: Now that I do home gym workouts 90% of the time versatility has become a huge issue and may be an issue for you. Also the screw caps tend loosen during workouts causing the plates to shift a bit. You can buy adjustable dumbbells with clamps instead of screw caps. Finally the ends of the bars are rough and when moving quickly can get caught on your workout shorts or yoga pants. Best exercise to test these with is curls.
What To Consider if Choosing Regular Dumbbells Sets vs. Adjustable Dumbbells
If you've decided that adjustable dumbbells are not for you and you're thinking about buying regular dumbbells then here are some quick tips that can help you decide what to get.
Neoprene Dumbbells vs. Vinyl Dumbbells: These dumbbells sets are very similar and also very comfortable and easy to grip. They range from very light to moderately heavy and can be used for a variety of exercises and fatloss workouts. Either set is easy to find new or used and often come with a useful storage rack.
Downside: you will not find anything larger than 15 lb dumbbells in either category so if you're advanced and doing workouts that require heavier weights this is not the best option for you.
Main difference: is that over time the vinyl will peel away while the neoprene will just break off in chunks. Either way you end up with exposed metal weights but only after years of use. Best exercise to test them with is lunges with overhead presses.
Hex Dumbbells vs. Rubber Coated Hex Dumbbells (featured in the video): Both types of dumbbells are heavy duty, range in weight from light to super heavy, cost about the same, and can be used for all types of fat burning workouts.
Downside: once you start getting into heavier weights these can take up a ton of space and racks tend to be on the expensive side for either one.
Main difference: is the rubber coating and the rubber grip. This increases comfort, reduces wear and tear on your floors and on your hands and for some reduces the intimidation factor. Best exercise to test these with is a stability ball press.
Dumbbell Exercises Workout
Here are 5 of my favorite dumbbell exercises that I do at home with my adjustable dumbbells. This is a great fat burning dumbbell workout that can be completed in under 20 minutes. Perform 30 seconds of each exercise. Go from one to the next without resting. After you complete one circuit rest for about one minute then repeat two more times.
Dynamic Lunge and Curl 1. Start by holding the dumbells at your side. 2. Lunge forward and down with your left foot. 3. As you stand up curl the dumbells up to shoulder height. Return to the starting position with the dumbells. 4. Repeat with the opposite leg until all recommended repetitions are completed.
Dumbbell Exercises Workout Tip: Try stationary lunges if this is too advanced.
1 Arm Clean and Press 1. Start by straddling the dumbell and grab it with one hand. 2. Clean the bar to the shoulder. Then slight squat down and press the dumbell overhead. 3. Return to the starting position and repeat.
Dumbbell Exercises Workout Tip: Reach all the way to the floror and fully extend overhead.
DB Pushup and Row 1. Start by placing the dumbells onto the ground and getting into a pushup position holding onto the dumbells. 2. Proceed into a pushup and then extend your arms into a completed pushup. 3. Then row one dumbell up to chest level and return to the ground. Repeat with the other arm. This is considered one repetition. 4. Repeat this cycle until all repetitions are completed. 5. Make sure you keep your abs tight and back flat throughout this movement.
Dumbbell Exercises Workout Tip: You can drop to knees for the pushup if full pushup is too difficult.
One Arm Kettlebell Row 1) Stand with feet hip width and knees slightly bent. 2) Start position: Bend at hips with back straight and knees bent . Take one hand and place on stationary object that is approximately waist height to support upper body. Hold kettleball in other hand with a neutral grip and let arm hang straight down (perpendicular to floor). 3) Keeping elbows close to body, pull kettleball up to body and squeeze shoulder blades together at top of movement. 4) Return to start position. 5) Remember to keep back and head straight - hyperextension, flexion, or trunk rotation may cause injury.
Dumbbell Exercises Workout Tip: Use this stance but use dumbbell instead of kettlebell.
One arm chest press and thrust 1) Walk feet forward allowing flexaball to roll underneath body until it is positioned on mid to upper back region (you may rest head on flexaball). Raise hips to create a “table top” position parallel to floor. 3) Start position: Maintaining stability, bring 1 DB to shoulder and press up positioning DB above the chest with palm facing forward. 4) Lower the DB keeping your forearm perpendicular to the floor and your hand aligned at the nipple line. 5) Let your upper arm go slightly past parallel to the floor and press the DB up to the start position. As you press up forcefully bring the other arm down towards the shoulder. 6) Your body should rotate just a little with this type of movement. Complete prescribed repetitions and then perform with other arm.
Dumbbell Exercises Workout Tip: Use the core and glutes to stabilize the body.