Thinking about starting or expanding your home gym?
Good for you. A home gym is an excellent way to squeeze in more workout time throughout your day because it provides convenience, cuts out transportation time, and if you do it right, saves you money.
Your home gym doesn’t have to be an entire room in your house full of mind-numbingly expensive machines and racks. You can start out as small as a good set of dumbbells in your room.
Figure out what weights you use the most at the gym and that will be a good starting point for what weights to buy for yourself. You can always add to your collection as you get stronger.
By being well-informed about the different types of dumbbells available on the market and choosing the weights that are right for you, you can create a manageable home gym that is heavy on your muscles but light on your wallet.
If you’re a total beginner looking for some light resistance training or looking for some light weights to supplement your pilates or cardio training, neoprene-coated dumbbells may be the way to go.
The neoprene coating provides a soft, comfortable, non-slip grip and usually comes in a variety of bright colors so the different weights are easily identifiable. The coating, in addition to the lightness of the weights, is easy on your floors and can be used in any room of your house, whether it’s carpeted or hardwood or even outdoors. As an added bonus, these dumbbells are travel-ready and can move around with you.
There are many good sets of neoprene dumbbells available for purchase in a variety of sizes and weights. These sets come in pairs, for example, two 3-pound weights, two 5-pound weights, and two 8-pound weights. Expect the price of these sets to be around $1.15-$1.60 per pound. Many sets come with a handy rack or holder for your weights.
Check out these neoprene dumbbell sets:
1. AmazonBasics 20-Pound Dumbbell Set
This is a 20-pound dumbbell set that comes in bright neon colors. It also comes with a rack and the dumbbells are hexagonal. As with most items in the AmazonBasics collection, it is very affordable and with Amazon’s famous quick shipping, you could start working out with your new equipment in no time.
2. Yes4All Deluxe Neoprene Dumbbells
These sets do not come with a rack, but they offer many varieties of weight sets in different quantities from 4 dumbbells to 8 dumbbells. You can also buy additional weights in pairs to supplement your set. Unlike most other neoprene dumbbells, which are hexagon-shaped, these dumbbells are round with two flattened sides to prevent rolling.
3. CAP Neoprene Dumbbell Set
These dumbbells are available in the 32 lb or 20 lb set and are very affordable, especially the 20 lb set which you can get for less than $1 per pound! There are six dumbbells per set and they come with a handy rack. What sets these neoprene dumbbells apart is that unlike the bright colors of other sets, these are all black with clearly marked numbers on the sides, perfect for people who prefer a monochromatic color scheme.
If you’re looking to do a little heavier lifting, the neoprene dumbbell sets probably aren’t going to be enough weight for you.
Heavier weights don’t necessarily mean they will take up more space or cost a fortune. There are many options available for adjustable dumbbells, which means you will only have two dumbbells sitting in your room, and the amount of weight you put on it is up to you.
They are also cost-efficient, since you just add on small increments of weight at a time, eliminate the need for a rack full of dumbbells.
Be warned, however, that the heavier the weights get, the harder they will be on your floors, especially if they’re made of a hard material like cast iron. To protect your floors, use a foam gym mat such as this one by ProSource. The interlocking tiles can be assembled to fit any floor space.
Hopefully this goes without saying, but heavier weights are also a risk on other precious cargo, such as your feet. Be sure to wear shoes when you work out with them and lift responsibly to avoid injury.
Here are a few adjustable dumbbell sets to check out:
1. CAP Barbell 40-pound Adjustable Dumbbell Set
This is a good starter set, with each dumbbell reaching a max of 20 pounds each. The handles themselves start at 5 pounds apiece, and it comes with four 2.5-pound plates and four 5-pound plates. Also included are threaded collars to keep the weights in place and a handy storage case to fit everything. The plates are made of cast iron.
2. Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells
Here’s another set of cast iron adjustable dumbbells with options ranging from a 40-pound set up to a 200-pound set. Be sure to check out each of the options to see what variety of plates comes with each set. The cost is pretty easy to calculate, being approximately $1 per pound. The handles are chrome and textured for easy grip. Threaded metal collars secure the weights in place. One thing to consider is that the plates are painted and may start chipping after rigorous lifting.
3. Best Choice Products Dumbbell Set
This option may not be the most durable but it is very affordable. Instead of cast iron, these plates are made of plastic and filled with sand to make up the weight. The weights slip onto metal rods with a rubber grip handle and come with four spinlock collars to keep them in place.
4. PowerBlock Elite Dumbbells
PowerBlock adjustable dumbbells have a very unique look: they are made of multiple block-shaped cages that all nest within each other. The handle is located in the middle of the “cage.” While the funky look may take some getting used to, these weights are extremely versatile and appropriate for serious lifters. You can choose from the 50-pound, 70-pound, or 90-pound options (that’s per dumbbell) and you can always purchase expansion sets if you get to the point where you need more weight. To store the weights and keep them at a manageable height, consider getting their sturdy stand.
5. Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells
These dumbbells are also very unique in that the weights are adjustable by turning a dial. They can by adjusted from 5 to 52.5 pound apiece in 2.5-pound increments. All of the weights nestle within each other to save space and the set comes with base plates to rest the dumbbells on when you’re not using them. This set also comes with a workout DVD.
Start Working Out!
Once you’ve decided on the dumbbell set that best suits your needs, you’re ready to order them and start your new workout regimen in a matter of days, thanks to the modern convenience of getting weights delivered right to your doorstep!
Be sure to thank your delivery person because these packages can get really heavy.
By having a versatile set of dumbbells in your very own room or elsewhere in your home, you will increase the convenience factor of getting fit and easily squeeze in workouts throughout your day without the time and commitment of driving to and from a gym.
Perhaps someday you will want to commit to expanding your home gym and even dedicate a whole room to it. For starters, however, grab a good set of space-saving dumbbells and start mastering some great weight training exercises.
Best of luck!