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Don't Limit Yourself to Dumbbells For Strength Training

Lifting Tip: Don't Just Stick to Dumbbells

Hopefully you've been incorporating strength training into your workouts along with cardio and stretching. Lifting dumbbells is a great way to strengthen specific muscles groups, but it's not the only way. Try to explore other options such as weight-lifting machines, resistance bands, medicine balls, gym balls, and exercises that require no equipment.

Varying 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.

So the next time you're at the gym, if you're not sure how to use the other types of equipment, ask a trainer to show you how. Gyms also offer strength-training classes, where you'll learn tons of new moves that don't use dumbbells. You can also pick up a resistance band and do exercises at home. Strength training is definitely important, and varying your equipment is a great way to make your time worthwhile.

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rpenner rpenner 9 years
i mix it up between the free weights and the machines, but i'm going to try to use a resistance band to mix it up some more!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I mix it up between free weights and resistance bands. Right now, I can't do much lifting with my left arm due to a stupid injury that's preventing me from doing much with it. But as soon as I'm able to, I'm going to get back out there and get back to my routine.
Peggasus Peggasus 9 years
This is so true! A few days a week I use the machines and/or my hand weights at home, but on Wednesdays I go to a strength class at my gym, and the instructor always mixes it up: with the ball, bands, weights, bars and step, in different combinations. I always feels great after that workout! But I always hurt for two days afterwards... That's how I know it's working different muscles. And I keep going back.
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