Looking to build or tone your muscles? Free weights are a great option that can be used in the comfort of your own home. With several different options such as dumbbells, kettlebells, body weights and barbell weights, you can customize your workout. Some popular dumbbell exercises are bicep curls, hammer curls, bench presses and rows. Kettlebells are similar to dumbbells but are typically designed for high, faster repetitions for full body workouts to improve both your aerobic and anaerobic stamina. Wearable body weights such as ankle weights, wrist weights and weight vests are excellent for adding a little extra resistance to your run, walk, hike or everyday activity. And for old school training, you can't go wrong with individual plates for barbells. They come in wide variety of weights and materials.
All weight training will provide health benefits. Strength training can help you lose weight, protects your bones and muscle mass, helps prevent disease and boosts your energy levels along with numerous other benefits.
What weight is right for you? If you're new to strength training, you should begin with a lighter weight between 5 and 15 lbs. If doing 20 or less repetitions is a challenge, you are close to your ideal weight. If you can do more than 20 repetitions, then you should probably increase your weight. A good goal to build strength would be to do 3 sets of 8-12 repetitions. To build endurance, you may want to do a few more repetitions. Still not sure what weight to choose? We sell dumbbell and kettlebell sets that are adjustable so you can find the right weight and increase your workout as you build strength.