How to Choose the Right Weights: Buyer’s Guide for Beginners

Hi guys. It’s Petrina, your go to girl for
learning how to make fit work in a crazy busy world coming to you from our crazy stocked
up garage/gym/fish room and today I’m going to talk to you all about dumbbells. If you
are someone who is new to strength training, congratulations! You have chosen something
that is going to improve your health and your fitness in so many ways. Lifting weights helps
you lose body fat and rev up your metabolism, reduce your risk of injury, back pain, arthritis,
decrease your risk of osteoporosis and duh, it’s going to help you get stronger. Whether you’re just planning to do your own
thing, work with a trainer in your own home or do P90X, the 21 day fix, ChaLean Extreme
or Body Beast- all tremendously valuable strength training videos you can do at home on your
own schedule, you’re probably wondering which weights you should absolutely go out and buy
before you get started. If you’re on a very ridiculously tight budget,
you can always get started with just a simple resistance band. Choose the lowest resistance,
you’re probably going to pay about $10 or so. Typically you can expect to pay about
$1-$2 per pound for your dumbbell set so you can spend a lot of money very quickly if you
go out and buy a whole set like we have here with a variety of weights, but if you want
to get started and you don’t want to spend a lot of money, my general rule of thumb recommendation
is if you are a woman getting started out with strength training, get a set of 5 pound
dumbbells, a set of 8 pound dumbbells and a set of 10 pound dumbbells. It’s a great
way for you to get started. If you’re a man getting started, I’d say get a set of 10 pound
dumbbells, a set of 12 pound dumbbells and a set of 15 pound dumbbells to get started. I found to my experience that women tend to
under estimate the amount of weight they can lift and men tend to over estimate so just
start out small, especially if you are someone who does not have a lot of money to spend.
These are three weight ranges that will get you started safely. Having said that, as you go through the program
you’re going to notice that you do get stronger and when you start noticing that your muscles
aren’t fatiguing or it’s not feeling hard to you in the last two or three reps that
you’re doing, that’s a good sign that you need to go out and invest in heavier weights. I would also give a nice little gentle reminder
to you that you need to master your form before you load up with weights so no matter what
program you’re doing, whether it’s P90X or ChaLean Extreme or something that you’re doing
on your own, make sure that you know the form and can do it flawlessly before loading up
with weights. If starting out it’s already something that
you want to do not just for 30, 60 or 90 days, but for a lifetime and continue to progress,
I say go ahead and invest in a full set of weights and probably the least expensive way
you can do that is to get a set of adjustable dumbbells. I’m going to show you a pair. These
are Bow Flex SelectTech 552 and they have 15 different weight ranges that you can do
just by turning the dial. You can go all the way up to 52.5 pounds and then it goes all
the way down in about 2.5 pound increments until you get to 5 so there’s a variety of
weights you can use as one set of dumbbells. You can get these for around $300. There’s
also an option if you are a man and you want to lift heavier than 52.5 pounds at some point,
you can get what’s called SelectTech 1090 and that goes from 10-90 pounds and those
are going to be about double the cost and you’ll find them for about $600. They’re very
handy to have and it’s going to be a much more economical way for you to get 15 sets
of dumbbells all in one. The one big down fall of Bow Flex SelectTech
is the fact that it is gong to be a very wide weight and you’ll see this is the five pounds
when you dial it in. This is a normal five pound dumbbell. As you can see, it is a lot
wider than your five pound dumbbells so there are going to be some strength training moves
that you’ll do where this weight will feel unwieldy just because it is so long. That’s
my one big complaint with SelectTech, but it’s a really great deal for getting a lot
of different pairs of dumbbells in just one unit. That’s it. That’s my best advice on how to
pick the right weights for you when you’re getting started. I love strength training.
I found that it’s made maintaining my weight loss significantly easier. I am a huge proponent
of strength training and I think it’s a far better use of your workout time than it would
be to walk on al elliptical for 30 minutes. If you haven’t yet started lifting weights,
I strongly encourage you to do so. You’ll not only feel better and stronger, but you’ll
also look better naked. It’s a fact! As always if you have any questions, feel
free to shoot me an email over at [email protected] You can check out my crazy sexy cool website
at or if you like, you can sign up for absolutely free fitness
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