If you are a newbie to weight training, you need to figure out the right dumbbell weight.
As a thumb rule, you can start with lighter dumbbells and gradually add weight in small increments.
If you start with too heavy dumbbells, it might lead to an injury, so be careful.
Here are factors you can take into consideration before you undergo weight training:
Evaluate Your Goal
Firstly, find out what your goals are behind opting for a weight training gym. Whether it is developing muscles, gaining stamina, etc. When you see your goals, you will find it easier to select dumbbells with the proper weight.
While the heavier dumbbells are desirable for building muscles, the lighter ones are good for stabilizing muscle to support tendons and joints.
You can use small to medium dumbbells for working for your biceps, triceps, and deltoids. And for working for your chest, leg, and back muscles, you can use medium to large dumbbells.
Go from Lighter to Heavier Dumbells
It will help if you start with lighter dumbbells and increase the weight as you progress with the training.
You can begin a new exercise with a light dumbbell to learn the involved techniques. After two to three weeks of regularly practicing the technique, you can move on to a heavier dumbbell for that exercise.
Make sure you go for weights that are comfortable for your current strength level.
One of the best things you can do is set up a session with a professional trainer to evaluate your strength and advise you on which dumbbell weight is right. Many gyms have such professionals who can provide you with proper guidance. And do not hesitate to tell the professional trainer that you are a newbie and thus need his advice.
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