Dumbbells and Barbells
When is comes to great gym equipment, the main backbone of any commercial or home gym is the set of dumbbells or rack of barbells. Even the very modern gyms like Virgin Active and Planet fitness dedicate significant areas to a large dumbbell and barbell section.
It is quite possible to utilize every muscle in the body and to replace nearly every machine in the gym with a good set of weights and an adjustable bench
From bench press, through to leg curls, squats, dumbbells thrusters, lunges, Turkish lifts, one armed snatch and so many muscle specific exercises.
The History of the Dumbbell
Dumbbells have been used to assist in training and exercise for thousands of years. They have been traced back to India and to Greece in various forms. Before they were named as dumbbells the Greeks called them halteres. They were fashioned from rock
Dumbbells were originally named after the bell ropes use to pull or ring bells which were used to strengthen bell riggers in Stuart period England. The name Dumb being used to indicate that it didn’t make a noise, (but you already knew that, hey?)
(By the way the side spinning planet or Uranus was originally going to be called Dumbbells due to its eccentric orbit and the fact that it eluded discovery for so long.) Now that’s something that you tell people when you are digging deep for some erudite and elucidating factoid when treadmilling next to that lovely blonde!
Dumbbells now come in many different forms including
· Welded or fixed dumbbells
· Adjustable dumbbells or Selectorised dumbbells, (great for home gyms and small spaces, they offer a mechanism which selects greater or few weights)
· Kettle bells, (a type of cannon ball with a handle)
Possibly the most revolutionary development of the dumbbell over the last few years has been the adjustable dumbbell of Power block.
Saving space as well as money, this innovative designs enables you to cater for only on unit, buts have access to a number of different weights by use of the selector pin mechanisms, (similar to a pre select piece of commercial gym equipment)
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About Miles Harrop
Miles is a behavioural strategist, ex-personal trainer and gym owner. Miles has with more than 25 years of experience in transforming people physically and mentally.
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