Skip Nav
Horoscope
Which Workout You Should Try This Year Based on Your Zodiac Sign
Sleep
4 Ways to Get More Sleep
Emotional and Mental Health
9 Negative Thoughts That Are Sabotaging Your Wellness Goals

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.

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
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.
Tone Your Abs Without Crunches
Printable Bodyweight Tabata Workout
Best Cardio Bodyweight Exercises
30-Minute Full-Body Workout With Weights
21-Day Arm Challenge
20-Minute Arms and Abs Workout With Weights
Best Multitasking Workout Moves

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds