* Our picks range from traditional weight racks to minimalist sets
* Why pay for a costly gym membership when you can workout at home?
* Suitable for all age ranges and skill levels
So you’ve opted to skip all the fad workouts and, instead, want to grind it out at home. Good for you! They say that starting is the hardest part of anything new, like working out, so we’ve picked a few options to help get you going without breaking the bank or taking up a lot of room.
These three weight sets are ideal for small spaces and provide enough of a challenge whether you’re just starting out with weights or challenging The Rock for a spot in his next movie.
1. CAP Barbell 150 lb Hex Dumbbell Set with Rack
As far as entry-level dumbbell sets go, CAP Barbell offers this cast iron 150 lb set with a rack. Weights start at just 5 lb and increase by five pounds until you’ve reached the 25 lb set of dumbbells. Even if you’re not 100% committed to “pumping iron” for the rest of your life, you’re better off with this set than one that’s cheaper with far less weight. You can actually grow with this set over time, if you want.
2. Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells
Maybe you’re serious about your dumbbell regimen but don’t have a lot of space for an entire rack. Bowflex’s SelectTech 552 Set easily fits the bill thanks to adjustable dumbbells. With a couple twists of the dial you can adjust the weight of each dumbbell from just 5 lb all the way up to 52.5 lb, which replaces 30 pairs of regular dumbbells. Bowflex even offers a free training app to help get you started.
3. Ironmaster 45 lb Quick-Lock Adjustable Dumbbell System
Like the SelectTech 552s, Ironmaster’s set is also fully adjustable, minimizing its overall footprint. Starting at 5 lb, you can adjust each dumbbell in 2.5 lb increments till you’ve hit the 45 lb mark. The key differentiation between Ironmaster’s Quick-Lock Adjustable Dumbbell System and Bowflex’s offering is that you can drop (or even throw) these weights, making them ideal for cross-fit, or high-intensity circuit training.