Weight Lifting Equipment Brattleboro VT

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Dick's Sporting Goods
(603) 357-0861
42 Ash Brook Road
Keene, NH
 
Sam's Outdoor Outfitters
(802) 254-0340
74 Main St
Brattleboro, VT
 
American Traders
(802) 254-1300
257 Marlboro Rd
Brattleboro, VT
 
Sams Outdoor Outfitters
(802) 254-6504
74 Main St
Brattleboro, VT
 
Lynde Well Drilling Incorporated
(802) 254-2159
296 Green River Rd
Brattleboro, VT
 
Lynde Well Drilling
(802) 254-2250
Hinesburg Rd
Brattleboro, VT
 
American Traders
(802) 254-1300
257 Marlboro Rd
Brattleboro, VT
 
Burrows Specialized Sports
(802) 257-1017
Brattleboro, VT
 
Olympia Sports
(802) 258-4759
766 Putney Rd
Brattleboro, VT
 
Galanes Vermont Shop
(802) 254-5677
116 Main St
Brattleboro, VT
 

Weight Lifting Equipment - Home Gyms

Guide to free weights

The decision to start a weight training program often leads to a dilemma: join a gym or workout at home? For the time-challenged fitness enthusiast, a home gym is often the better choice. If space and cost are also factors to be considered, a weight set will have some distinct advantages over a home gym machine. In fact, working out with hand weights and ankle weights might even be more effective. Consider this:

  • Using a weight set requires more balance and coordination than using weight machines.
  • Working with dumbbells requires you to recruit your core muscles for stabilization.
  • Hand weights provide a more versatile workout than machine training.
  • Ankle weights allow you to work your legs from different angles.

Some ankle weights come in adjustable models, which allow you to increase or decrease the weight in half pound increments.

For your upper body, you'll need free weights, which are composed of either metal or a synthetic material. While the metal weights are more durable, they may damage your floor if dropped. Additionally, metal dumbbells require regular maintenance to prevent them from rusting. In contrast, hand weights made from plastic, acrylic, rubber or neoprene do not require maintenance. They'll do less floor damage if dropped, and the coating provides an ergonomic grip for beginners. However, the synthetic coating on these hand weights may degrade over time, which will require the weights to be replaced.

In most cases, free weights or dumbbells are an economical choice for a home gym. They take up a minimal amount of space and can easily be stored under your bed. However, if you have a number of people in your household that want to use the weights, you might want to consider a weight set, which includes a number of dumbbells of various weights. Don't forget a dumbbell rack to keep them neatly stored!

If space is an issue, consider the adjustable-weight dumbbells that let you add or remove additional plates to the end of the dumbbell bar. You end up with two dumbbells and a stack of weight plates, thereby saving space and money. A barbell works on the same principle, except the bar is much longer. While barbell training enables you to lift more weight, there are some disadvantages:

  • You can only perform exercises that use both arms simultaneously.
  • Barbell training limits exercise variety.

For example, you can use a barbell to perform a bench press, but there is no way to use it to perform a chest fly. You can also use a barbell for back exercises such as a bent-over row. However, if you'd like to work your rear deltoids by performing a reverse fly, you'll need to use a set of dumbbells . Additionally, while barbells and adjustable dumbbells save space and money, adjusting the plates for different exercises is time consuming.

The new, adjustable free-weight dumbbell systems might be the best option. These weight sets come with two dumbbells and incorporate some clever tech...

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