A pair of dumbbells is a smart investment for any bodybuilder or health-conscious individual. Using these free weights, you can perform a full-body resistance-training workout from the comfort of your own home. This article explores the differences between fixed-weight and adjustable-weight dumbbells.
Who says you need an expensive weight bench to get a solid workout at home? While a weight bench is undoubtedly helpful, you can work out nearly every major muscle in your body using nothing more than a pair of dumbbells. Classified as free weights, you can use them to perform bicep curls, standing shoulder presses, chest presses, triceps dips, squats, lunges, and more.
However, if you’re thinking about investing in a pair of dumbbells, you’ll need to choose the right type. There are adjustable and fixed-weight dumbbells, each of which has unique characteristics. Granted, both offer a solid workout when used correctly, but there are subtle nuances between the two different types, of which you should be aware. So, familiarize yourself with the following two types of dumbbells.
1) Adjustable Dumbbells
Adjustable dumbbells, also known as selectorized dumbbells, are characterized by a flexible design. They typically feature a clamp or pin on each side, allowing you to add or remove weights according to personal preference. When you’re ready to move up to more substantial weight, you can remove the clamp or pin, add weights and then reattach the clamp or pin. That eliminates the need for purchasing an entirely new set of dumbbells to lift heavier or lighter weights.
Adjustable dumbbells also require minimal storage space. You don’t have to dedicate an entire room for your workout equipment. You can easily store adjustable dumbbells in a closet, under your bed, or other small spaces. The weights can be neatly stacked to save space.
Perhaps the most significant advantage of using adjustable dumbbells is the cost-savings benefits they offer. A pair of flexible dumbbells with weights costs roughly $150 to $250. In comparison, fixed-weight dumbbells run about $1 per pound. Therefore, a couple of 20-pound fixed-weight dumbbells costs about $40. Assuming you buy multiple pairs in varying weights, you’ll easily spend more on adjustable than fixed-weight dumbbells.
2) Fixed-Weight Dumbbells
Fixed-weight dumbbells are the most widespread type of dumbbells. Unlike their adjustable counterpart, fixed-weight dumbbells don’t support additional weights. Instead, they feature a single, static weight that cannot change.
Fixed-weight dumbbells are typically iron and concrete/rubber or concrete with a rubber coating, the latter of which usually cost less. They can range anywhere from 1 to 50 pounds (sometimes more).
When compared to adjustable-weight dumbbells, fixed-weight dumbbells are stronger and more robust. They aren’t as likely to break as adjustable dumbbells when accidentally dropped on the ground.
So, which type of dumbbells should you choose? Well, it depends on your personal preference. Some people want the flexibility offered by adjustable dumbbells. If you are always changing the amount of weight you lift, this is probably a good choice. On the other hand, if you stick with the same amount of weight day after day, perhaps fixed-weight dumbbells are the right choice. Regardless of which type you choose, the most important thing is that you use them.