Best Hand Weights and Dumbbells for Women

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Let’s cut to the chase. Women need to get over the idea that those 2 lb. rubber coated weights are going to do anything at all for them.

Unless being used to add resistance during some form of aerobic exercise, they are pretty much too light to do any good. The illusion that using heavier hand weights /dumbbells, or resistance training in general, is going to make a woman bulk up into some bodybuilding spectacle has got to be addressed.

It is just not true!

What Can Dumbbells Do for Women?

Dumbbells provide a fixed resistance exercise where there is a constant amount of resistance through the full range of motion. Fixed resistance helps strengthen all major muscle groups of the body, providing tone, shape, and firmness and replacing flab with metabolically active tissue that will burn more calories while the body is at rest. It also helps to maintain bone density, decreasing the chance of falls and fractures that become a concern with age.

Three Best Dumbbells for Women:

It is easy to be intimidated when it comes to dumbbells. You don’t want to feel like you are changing a tire, or something, just to adjust the weight of your dumbbells. Women want simple when it comes to dumbbells, they already have enough complicated stuff to worry about in their lives.

There are three companies that have really stood out from the crowd when it comes to dumbbells, two of which have made models that seem to offer the convenience and range in weight that most women need, without taking up a whole lot of space. Here are overviews of some of the best hand weights and dumbbell sets for women:

1. Powerblock Sport Series 2.4: This is a selectorized dumbbell system (system in which remaining weight is left on the floor or plate when you pick up selected amount of weight) which works by inserting a pin into the desired weight. This model ranges in weight 3-24 lbs and can be adjusted in 3lb. increments. This set replaces 8 pairs of regular dumbbells and costs $149. Powerblock also makes a Sport Series 5.0, 5.5, and 9.0, which max out at 50 lbs, 55 lbs, and 90 lbs. respectively.

Reviews on this product commonly state that the compact nature of the product is nice, easy to adjust and has a great warranty. Common complaints are that the pin has to be placed precisely, using on carpet can be a challenge, and plates rattle loudly when lifted.

2. Bowflex SelectTech 552: This too, is a selectorized dumbbell system, where the weight is adjusted by turning a dial to the desired weight. This model ranges in weight from 5-52.5 lbs. and can be adjusted in 2.5 lb. increments. This set replaces 15 sets of regular dumbbells and costs around $400. Bowflex also has a 1090 model that starts 10 lbs and maxes at 90 lbs.

Reviews on this product commonly state that the dial system is quick and really easy to use, they are compact, and facilitate moving quickly from one exercise to the next. Common complaints are that they can be somewhat awkward to lift, especially at the higher weights; the internal plastic pieces can break if the dumbbell is dropped, and it has a limited warranty when dropped from specific height.

3. Ironmaster Quick-Lock Adjustable: This is an adjustable dumbbell system in which the weight can be adjusted from 5-75 lbs. in 2.5 lb. increments. The bar is made of chrome plated steel and the bar as well as the plates contains no plastic. The weights lock into place with a 4 inch locking screw. The cost is around $500.

Reviews of this product are that they look and feel like fixed weight dumbbells, they are very durable, and they have a lifetime warranty. Common complaints are that it takes time to swap the weights between exercises.

Bottom Line:

The bottom line is that everyone looks better when they are firm and toned. Women need not fear that lifting dumbbells and engaging in some regular resistance training is going to make them bulky and manly. In fact, the result will be quite the opposite. With all the exercises you can do with dumbbells, for your arms, legs, back, shoulders, and core, there will be no excuse not to have a tone, cut, and shapely physique that speaks femininity, just minus the flab of course.

By selecting one of these compact adjustable dumbbells, you can avoid clutter in your home and have more space for the fun home décor. And they are so easy and uncomplicated to use, the only thing you will have to worry about is getting the workout done! (Updated Jan. 2010). Dumbbells: Full Report. Retrieved on Oct. 12, 2011 from

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