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What Size Dumbbell Do You Use the Most?

When it comes to strength training, I'm a big fan of using dumbbells. They're inexpensive, small, easy to use at home, and are so effective at toning your muscles. I have a few sets of different size weights for doing a variety of exercises, but I tend to use my eight-pounders for most exercises. What about you?


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VeeKeeTee VeeKeeTee 8 years
usually 5lb but i use 15lb for overhead tricep curls.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
*no good.sorry
almostloli almostloli 8 years
i use 5lbs.. too heavy will do my arms o good..
porkypocky porkypocky 8 years
Why does it only go up to 15 pounds? :( 25s and 30s for lower body, 10-15 for upper body.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 8 years
man - my gym doesn't even have 3s... i use 10 the most.
jessie jessie 8 years
right now 8lbs i get stronger it will be more
MandeeLei MandeeLei 8 years
Oh and had to say THANK YOU to kclulu for your comment. Could not agree more!
MandeeLei MandeeLei 8 years
Kind of insulting because I lift way heavier than any of those. Where are the heavy options at?? That's really aggravating.
crayolasky crayolasky 8 years
I have 3 lb, 5 lb and 10 lb dumbbells and switch up which ones I use. I don't really "lift weights" so to speak, I just do tons of various strength training exercises. I also use 2 lb arm weights haha, like while I'm doing random things around the house.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
What are these "lbs" ? :p 4kg - 5kg
Anais18 Anais18 8 years
I've been weight training for a year and a half now, and currently using 8-11 pound dumbbells, since that's all I can lift at the moment. I, too, believe in working your way up to heavier weights. As I keep getting stronger, I challenge myself to use heavier dumbbells.
neonbee neonbee 8 years
* Oops, 10 lbs
neonbee neonbee 8 years
When I do certain exercises, I use 5 lbs. But for example, I'm doing tricep curls, I use lbs.
Hoaxerz Hoaxerz 8 years
25s or 35s for dumbbell moves, but I use barbells for heavier lifts.
julea julea 8 years
it varies, but the lowest i ever use is 12 lbs. all other times i use 20s and 30 or 32.5s. i think "15 and up" at least should have been an option.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 8 years
It all depends on the exercise. I used 5 lb for my triceps workout. But for squats - I cannot use dumbbell, they are not heavy enough for me. I use 2 large plate (5kg @), 2 med plate (2.5kg@), and 4 small plates(1kg@) Total = 19Kg or 41lb) They do not have that size of Dumbbell in my Gym.
darinhercules darinhercules 8 years
Your options don't go heavy enough for most of my uses. I typically use 20-25# dbs, though I bench 30#. It's OK to use those silly light weights if you haven't yet developed the strength to do more.. but quickly progress to heavier. Won't hurt you, will make you look hawter.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
Where's the "other" option. the weights vary according to what muscle group I'm using and what exercise I'm doing. Bigger muscle groups use heavier weights, while smaller muscle groups use lighter weights.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
you ladies are the hulks :D 10lbs? that's just crazy. i don't think i'll be doing that even when i'll get in shape.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
Juicylemon Juicylemon 8 years
I use 10 lb. If I need lighter weights I take 8 lb.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
It depends--I use 10 lb. for a lot of exercises, but for presses and rows, I use 25 lbs and for squats, I hold a 30 lb weight in each hand. So I'm with Kclulu--lift heavy weights!! It won't make you big, just a lot stronger, which comes in handy for toting in groceries or mega-size laundry baskets.
minhoca minhoca 8 years
10's for now. i, too, have given up on the preconceptions of bulkiness and "less means more toned." im starting to lift more and more with out the stigma of how much a woman should or should not lift.
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