Fixed Size And Adjustable Dumbbells - Dumbbells Sets
A dumbbell is a piece of free weight equipment - it is a short metal bar with weights on each end. Generally, dumbbells comes as a fixed weight dumbbells or as fully adjustable dumbbells.
Fixed size dumbbells are usually cast as a single piece of some material, usually iron. Such dumbbells usually have rubber or plastic coating to protect them from rusting, but also to lessen the potential damage when dumbbells are dropped from height.
Iron, fixed size dumbbells come in many shapes and weights, often ranging from 10kg to 50 or more kilograms. Dumbbells lighter than 10kg are often made out of plastic filled with sand or similar material. When small dimensions are required, even lighter dumbbells are made out of cast iron with rubber coating.
If you are purchasing dumbbells, be sure that they have good coating, since it protects dumbbells from damage, but also it helps avoiding damage done by dumbbells.
Most of the commercial gyms have fixed size dumbbells - they do require more space and they weigh more than adjustable dumbbells, but they can be used by several trainees at the same time, they last longer and switching from weight to weight is much faster, even when compared with adjustable dumbbells with dial-in mechanisms.
Adjustable dumbbells come in several forms. Using short bars and adding weight plates creates simple adjustable dumbbells - such adjustable dumbbells are cheap and require time for changing the desired weight. Also, collars must be used for securing the weight plates on the bars and this prolongs changing weight.
However, to acquire some specific weight or large weight, such adjustable dumbbells are the only solution.
Adjustable dumbbells with dial-in mechanisms (also known as 'selectable dumbbells' or 'dumbbells with selector') allow wider weight range with less available weights. Modern dial-in mechanisms allow weight change in just few seconds and are robust enough to last for a long time - just be sure not to drop the dumbbells on concrete or similar hard surfaces. These dumbbells eliminate the need for multiple dumbbells having around which is great for home gyms.
Price for such sets appear high, but in the long run, one saves both money and space.
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