Exercise Band Equipment
You'll find below a selection of fine products that will help you get the most out of your workouts using exercise bands.
You'll need good equipment if you plan on incorporating dumbbell exercises into your workout routines. Namely, you'll need a good set of dumbbells, a dumbbell rack and a good workout bench. Below you'll find products we recommend which will help you perform dumbbell exercises efficiently.
Adjustable Weight Dumbbell Sets
Adjustable Weight Dumbbell Sets are those that allow you to select various weight configurations from a single set of dumbbells. You do this by selecting a specific weight before lifting the dumbbells from their base stations.
This type of equipment takes less space than conventional fixed weight dumbbell sets and are usually less expensive to purchase when compared to purchasing every weight configuration in a fixed weight set.
Fixed Weight Dumbbell Sets
Fixed Weight Dumbbell Sets are those whose weight can't be adjusted. They are particularly well suited to those who don't exercise using many different weight configurations. If so, fixed weight dumbbells are generally a lot less expensive.
Another bonus is that you don't need time to adjust the weight configuration prior to doing an exercise, as you would when using adjustable weight sets. You simply choose the weight you need and pick up the corresponding dumbbells.
To avoid bending down each time you pick dumbbells up from the floor and every time you put them back following an exercise, you should consider getting a stand to place them on. On top of saving you this trouble, the stand will also provide the perfect storage solution for when you are not using your dumbbells.
The equipment you should consider getting depends on the dumbbell type you are using. The following stands are good solutions for adjustable weight dumbbell sets.
At Fitnessbliss we have used a wide variety of exercise equipment. These pages are a collection of what we like and suggestions on what you can use for a great workout.
Exercises that don’t require equipment allow you to be more spontaneous as to where and when you exercise. We are adding more exercises to Fitnessbliss that require no equipment. However, having some form of resistance can create many more exercise possibilities.
Exercise bands (resistance bands) are lightweight, inexpensive and very versatile. They are ideal to take with you when travelling. Find out which Exercise Band Equipment we recommend.
An exercise mat is important for to make floor based exercises such as stretches and crunches more comfortable. This is our favorite exercise mat.
Dumbbells are another versatile form of resistance. They are not as ideal as exercise bands for travelling but they do provide a huge number of exercise possibilities. Check out our Dumbbell Equipment page for more information and suggestions.
An exercise ball creates instability. This offers the advantage of having to use your core muscles to stabilize your body. For example, a seated biceps curl on an exercise ball is working both your core muscles and biceps. A standard seated biceps curl is working mainly the biceps. Read more about Exercise Ball Equipment and their advantages.
Foam rollers are an incredible tool for relieving tightness in stiff, aching muscles. Self-Myofascial Release (SMR) is similar to getting a deep tissue massage, except that you do the work yourself. Other useful SMR aids are travel rollers and Lacrosse balls. Read more about stretching.
Due to their shape, kettlebells can be used to workout a wide range of muscle groups with a minimal number of exercises. Some kettlebell exercises are suitable for beginners but kettlebells are better suited to members with some experience.
Two good options for home gyms are those made by Bowflex and Total Gyms. They differ in that those made by Bowflex have resistance whereas those made by Total Gyms use your body weight as the resistance. Read more about the advantages and disadvantages of these and other home gyms on our home gyms page.
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