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Are Dumbbells in Pounds or Kilos?

If you’re in the market for a set of dumbbells for the first time, you probably have a lot of questions that you need answered before you can make the appropriate purchase.  Dumbbells are usually a cornerstone of any home gym and provide a versatile way to perform a large number of exercises that affect several different parts of your body.  One common question that comes from Canadians is, “Are dumbbells in pounds or kilos?”  The fact is that they can be found in either type of weight measurement system but choosing the right weight for your ability is probably the more important issue.

Types of Dumbbells

There are three major types of dumbbells available on the market.  These are:  adjustable dumbbells, fixed dumbbells and studio dumbbells. 

Adjustable dumbbells are often chosen by beginners because of the flexibility they offer.  You don’t need as much storage space since a relatively small number of weight plates will allow you to create a wide variety of weight groupings.  The drawback of adjustable dumbbells is that it can take some time to change weights which can affect your workout regimen.  But for home use, they’re quite versatile.

Fixed dumbbells do not allow for the removal or changing of weight plates.  Fixed dumbbells are often found in commercial gyms as they allow for more users at any one time and eliminate the need for changing plates.  If you’re choosing fixed dumbbells for home use, whether the dumbbells are in pounds or kilos, you’ll need to figure out your ideal range of heaviness and buy the appropriate set.

Studio dumbbells typically come in lighter weight measurements and are used in conjunction with other exercises to increase the resistance while performing the activity.  They have a fixed weight, are usually sold in pairs and are often coated in plastic or urethane.  Studio dumbbells are most commonly used during exercises that emphasize cardiovascular training over muscle building such as aerobics or jogging.

Choosing the Ideal Weight Set

Choosing the ideal weight set comes down to what your goals are when performing exercise.  Whether you’re looking to build or tone muscle, lose weight or improve cardiovascular fitness, the type of dumbbells you choose will depend on the outcome you’re looking to achieve.  You’ll also want to choose the weights and types of dumbbells depending on your strength and abilities.  A full range of light, medium and heavy dumbbells according to your strength and chosen exercises will give you room for growth and improvement.  When choosing between dumbbells in pounds or kilos it’s good to keep in mind that the increments between imperial measurements will be smaller than they will with metric measurements.  At lower weight measurements this may not matter as much, but if you’re dealing with larger amounts of weight, these increments could be significant.

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