If you’d like to work out with weights like dumbbells or barbells from the comfort of your own home, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get the equipment you need.
You can even purchase a good used set of weights for about half the price of a new one, and since free weights are easily stored, you won’t have to worry about having to make room for a full weight bench.
There are stores like Play It Again Sports Fitness that specialized in used equipment. EBay and Amazon also handle discounted gear.
Amber Nash, founder of FitHealthyBest. com (a health and fitness website geared toward women) says, “Used weights generally sell for 50 cents for the pound, which is half off the price of new weights, which usually run for one dollar per pound or more.”
Dumbbells can be used for weight training and for full-body fitness. They’re especially effective because they also work the stabilizing muscles that surround your major muscle groups.
You’ll want to start out at a lower weight that will allow you to do between twelve and twenty repetitions without feeling overly tired or over-exerting your muscles. If you’re trying to build muscle mass, you’ll want a heavier weight, so aim for about eight reps.
When lifting dumbbells or barbells, when you’re just starting out with this home based workout, concentrate on your form instead of how many reps you are able to do.
Move your body slowly and feel the muscles contract so you know you’re doing it correctly. Slower movements also force the stabilizing muscles and tendons to work, which is good for strengthening them. Be sure you’re not overcompensating with another body part, too.
For example, when you’re doing biceps curls, be sure to stand up straight instead of taking the weight with your back muscles.
If you’re having trouble keeping the correct form, try working out in front of a mirror. You can also do a Google or YouTube search for workout videos and pay attention to how they’re doing the exercises. Form is everything! It will not only help you get more out of your fitness routine, but it will ensure you don’t hurt yourself in the process.
Remember to inhale when lifting the weight and exhale when returning to the starting position. You should be working out three to five times a week for about half an hour at a time, if possible. Don’t expect to see massive results immediately. It’s going to take several weeks or months of regular work before you notice significant muscle changes.
You’ll notice a change in your strength before you see anything on the outside, so aim for that.