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A Woman’s Fast (& Thorough) Guide to Buying Dumbbells

  1. KarenK

    April 23rd, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Thanks for the cool review, I was just about to step up weight in my dumbbells so this is perfect timing! Love the humor too!

  2. 1StrgSthrnGrl

    April 24th, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Thank you! I’m so glad my post helped you out. There are so many choices to make when it comes to buying dumbbells! It can be overwhelming. Have a great day!

  3. Linda Albertson

    October 23rd, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Walmart has a few of the smaller weights priced modestly. You can go try them out before ordering online.

  4. 1StrgSthrnGrl

    October 24th, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Great idea, Linda! Thank you!

  5. Mae

    June 12th, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks for this super helpful post. I’m a beginner at using dumbbells, but I want to get a pair for home work outs (instead of going to the gym).

    I’m relatively fit, I play sports and use the treadmill, and go for fitness classes. But I would like to have a proper routine targeting all areas of my body – arm/chest and back/ butt and inner thighs/ waist/abs.

    I am hoping to buy only a pair of dumbbells for now… how do I know how heavy of the pair I should get (ie. 5lbs vs 10lbs) and what you would recommend?

    I think my arms, chest/back routine requires weights but the rest are mostly body-weight type exercises if that helps to trim down the options.

    Thank you so much in advance!

  6. 1StrgSthrnGrl

    June 12th, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Hi Mae! That’s a great question! It’s REALLY tough to give you the best advice for a single pair of dumbbells. It depends on your baseline strength and whether you’ll be doing high rep exercises (for sculpting and toning) or want to build muscle. You’d probably be able to target shoulders and triceps with a pair of 5’s. But you’d probably want a pair of 8’s or 10’s (or more) for your biceps and chest. And even heavier for your back and lower body muscle groups. If you want to only purchase ONE pair then go with 8’s or 10’s. That might be a little heavy for some shoulder and triceps exercises but on the light side for biceps, back, chest and lower body. But once you get started you can decide which weight would be the next best size for you. I hope that helps! Have a great day! Mickie

  7. Aakanksha

    August 30th, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    This post was quite insightful! Thanks a lot!

  8. 1StrgSthrnGrl

    August 30th, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    I’m so glad it was helpful. Thank you for your feedback!

  9. Red

    September 24th, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    This has been a very educational article. I am a beginner beginner, 230 lbs (I’m down 16 lbs in 3 mths and I’m 45 yrs old). I have been looking for the best weights and lbs for a beginner such as myself.

    Thank you for this article.

  10. 1StrgSthrnGrl

    September 25th, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Congrats on the weight loss! And thank you for your feedback! I’m so glad to hear it was helpful.

    Best,
    Mickie

  11. C C Fraser

    January 1st, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    This is great, so educational! I did click through to Amazon, so I hope you do get a kick back! Best to you! Happy New Year!

  12. 1StrgSthrnGrl

    January 2nd, 2019 at 7:45 am

    I’m so glad you found it helpful! Thank you for taking the time to give feedback! And Happy New Year to you as well! Best, Mickie

  13. Maggi

    January 14th, 2019 at 4:17 am

    I have been looking for hours for a guide that speaks for me. Thank you for your honesty, sharing your experiences and tips! I am following you from now on.

  14. 1StrgSthrnGrl

    January 14th, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Hi Maggi, I’m so glad you found my article helpful! You made my day! Thanks for your feedback and the follow!???????? Best, Mickie

  15. Laura Lee

    March 21st, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    After researching it appears that the ones you chose are made of PVC not rubber. So now I’m wondering if your top choice is rubber through research. Or literally the PVC of which the pictured dumbbells are made. I’m thinking the article should be updated with a corrected picture and link to rubber weights or corrected to say PVC as opposed to rubber. If it is PVC as pictured is that not harder than rubber or did it seem soft enough not to damage cheap apartment linoleum floors? I ask because I do like the color distinction in the weights but if they aren’t soft enough to prevent floor damage I’d have to go with the neoprene. Let me know what you think.

  16. 1StrgSthrnGrl

    March 21st, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Laura! The colored dumbbells I recommend in the post are rubber with a PVC coating. They’re awesome and I stand by the recommendation. They’re durable and won’t peel or flake. I can’t imagine they’d damage your floors like a cast iron dumbbell would do but as with anything I’d say go with your gut. There’s nothing wrong with the neoprene dumbbells. Thanks for your feedback! Best, Mickie

  17. Laura Lee

    March 23rd, 2019 at 5:31 am

    So you would recommend these over just rubber? I had no idea they were both. I do currently have the CAP neoprene BUT after stacking them the colors bled/stained the others. The neoprene weights still work fine. I just HATE that they’re not one solid color anymore. It’s just not pretty. I would think rubber might do the same but was thinking that PVC probably wouldn’t. But now I’m understanding that these are both rubber and PVC. I could try colored again with these you mentioned and risk it. Or I did see that CAP also sells the PVC type in black. If I just go with black at least black bleeding on black wouldn’t be a problem. Or hopefully not.
    Also do you prefer the rubber with the PVC over just the rubber? Or would you prefer rubber without the PVC if they offered strictly rubber in colors also? Thank you for your time and advice. Including the article. Very informative, thank you.

  18. 1StrgSthrnGrl

    March 30th, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Laura! I had that same issue with the neoprene. The colors bled onto each other when I stacked them. I love pretty equipment, too! So, I can totally relate to being upset that they aren’t one color anymore. The rubber ones I have aren’t tacky on the outside. That PVC coating keeps the outside of the rubber dumbbells smooth. It’s ideal for me so I’d say I prefer them. I do have some 20 lb. rubber dumbbells that are black (no PVC coating) and they don’t bleed at all. If you need any light dumbbells you could test out the colored rubber ones around 5 lbs. that have the PVC coating and see what you think? I love mine. I think the rubber ones with the coating only go up to 15 lbs. I hope this helps! Let me know what you decide to do. I think you’ll be happy with either, really. Thank you for reading and your feedback! Best, Mickie

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