Why women should use ’em and how to choose ’em

Aside from the usual reasons free weights are said to be best, there are some advantages to using dumbbells over free weights such as barbells (although both are essential parts of a varied strength training program).

Using dumbbells forces each arm to do an equal amount of work. When performing a bench press with two dumbbells it’s impossible to let a stronger arm pick up the slack. Strength training with dumbbells is a good way to prevent or repair muscle imbalances.

A number of dumbbell exercises aren’t possible when you choose other free weights. Moves like flyes involve both arms moving separately and can’t be performed with barbells, kettlebells or medicine balls. One-arm isolation moves are also much easier with dumbbells.

Types of dumbbells