Dumbbells Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right Dumbbells for your Home Gym

Welcome to the world of dumbbells. We’re all familiar with the real struggle of maintaining our gym-grade gains especially now when dumbbells are sold out almost everywhere online. But don’t worry folks, you have come to the right place. 

Not only have we created this dumbbell buying guide to simplify your life in choosing the best dumbbells depending on your needs, all dumbbells listed below are available to go to your home gym. No obstacles now for your weight training at home!

Rubber Dumbbells

Rubber dumbbells are made out of iron and are coated in thick, protective rubber. This is one of the main benefits of rubber dumbbells as the rubber protective outer coating protects the flooring, benches and help to reduce noise when dropped.  Cast iron and metal dumbbells are an old type of dumbbells that can leave noticeable dents and scratches to the surrounding area.

In fitness industry known as zero damage to the flooring, these dumbbells will be great for someone looking for hard-wearing and robust weights that will withstand any daily abuse. An ideal option for bodybuilding, CrossFit exercises, functional training as well as standard strength dumbbell exercises.

WEIGHT: rubber dumbbells weigh anything from 1kg to 100kg each

Urethane Dumbbells PU/TPU

Urethane coatings on dumbbells have been around since the mid 1980s and have almost 35 years of history on the market. Both urethane and rubber look a lot alike and urethane indeed is a type of rubber. Urethane and rubber however differ in their quality. Urethane is generally much harder than rubber and it’s much harder to cause cosmetic damage to the dumbbells. Hence, the premium price tag. Urethane-encased dumbbells are designed offer a natural and more effective workout and will serve you much longer.

These heavy duty, premium dumbbells are ideal for CrossFit, bodybuilding and heavy strength training at home. You can incorporate them into various exercises including upper-body strength exercises, shoulder press, chest press and bicep curls.

Studio Dumbbells

Studio dumbbells or aerobic dumbbells are essentially lighter dumbbells that aid in performing a wide variety of workouts. These dumbbells are cheaper than other dumbbells and also tend to be colour coded by weight. Lightweight studio dumbbells are fully coated in rubber or neoprene to ensure they’re more comfortable to hold than regular chrome dumbbells.

Studio dumbbells are great option for home weight exercises, aerobic classes, cardio sessions and rehab exercises.

WEIGHT: studio dumbbells typically range from 0.5kg – 10kg

Dumbbell Racks and Storage

The basic function of a dumbbell rack is to provide storage space for your dumbbells to keep your workout area neat and tidy. Rubber, urethane and studio dumbbells are normally racked on vertical or horizontal stands.

Keep your dumbbells organised, clean and safe with these storage solutions. 

To summarise above, not all dumbbells are priced the same. They don’t age the same and they certainly don’t smell the same. When considering which dumbbells are right for you, don’t be driven by price alone. Making the right choice now will mean years of pleasure knowing you have the right dumbbells for the job.

FitKit UK supply wide range of high-quality rubber and urethane dumbbell sets and racks from leading manufacturers including Ziva, Hammer Strength, Jordan Fitness, Life Fitness and Physical Company. Whether you are looking for commercial or home use dumbbells, we are sure you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Happy lifting everyone!

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