Unless you’re using most of the amenities offered by a gym, it’s likely that you can get as comprehensive a workout at home with just a few pieces of equipment. While you probably don’t have space for a rowing machine or treadmill, many weight exercises can be done from the comfort of your living room. Investing in quality equipment will spare you the self-consciousness that can come from going to the gym, and it’ll save you money in the long run.
The simplest exercise machine of all — the humble dumbbell — offers a more comprehensive workout than you may have initially realized. All you need to know is the right exercises, and you can work out your back, legs, chest and of course your arms.
The key to any resistance exercise (and just about anything you want to get good at) is increasing the difficulty and weight level over time. You’re not going to get anywhere by lifting the same amount of weight every day, but having an entire rack of different weights isn’t the most practical either. That’s where adjustable dumbbells come in. You can quickly and easily increase difficulty once you’re ready to, so you can get back on track with your fitness goals.
1. Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Dumbbells (52.5 pounds)
What sets these dumbbells apart is the unparalleled ease with which the weights can be changed. If you want to rapidly switch between exercises that require different resistance for different muscles, having the ability to quickly detach the weights will save time. The innovative dial feature automatically attaches or detaches the weights as needed, and you can easily see exactly how much you’re lifting.
2. Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells (200 pounds)
Living up to their name, Yes4All offers equipment for all exercise abilities and needs. There are six adjustable dumbbell options, ranging from a maximum weight of 40 to 200 pounds. Each option can be adjusted to lower weights as well. A key concern with adjustable weights is if they wobble on the bar, but these stay secure.
3. CAP Barbell Adjustable Dumbbell Set (40 pounds)
CAP Barbells offer a well made and easily adjustable dumbbell set. A convenient carrying case also makes it a space-saving option. As with professional weights, the bars have knurled grips (small ridged handles that make for a more secure grip). For beginners, CAP Barbells is a great place to start.