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Vary the Equipment You Use When Strength Training

Lifting Tip: Don't Be Married to Your Dumbbells

Hopefully you've been adding strength training into your cardio and stretching routines. While dumbbells are great tools to use to target your muscle groups, they're not the only tools. Try to explore other options such as weight-lifting machines at the gym, medicine balls or kettlebells, inexpensive resistance bands, different sized exercise balls, and you can also do exercises that require no equipment at all.

Switching up the equipment you use will inevitably work other muscle groups, and because they make your muscles work in different ways, you'll be strengthening them more thoroughly, which could prevent injury. It's also smart not to stick to repetitive motions, since that could also result in a pulled muscle. Strength training is definitely important, and varying your equipment is a great way to make your time worthwhile.

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esmerb esmerb 7 years
I love to sprinkle my time amongst all the different pieces of equipments.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
That is one of the things I love about working with my trainer... he incorporates all of the equipment in my workouts.
cg130 cg130 7 years
I really like medicine balls!
cg130 cg130 7 years
I really like medicine balls!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
I'm not married to my dumbbells, but we are going steady. ;)
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I like to swap weight machines in the gym because I find I get bored just working one group of muscles. Its like when I'm in the cardio room I get bored on the treadmill after 20 mins.
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