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How Do I Choose the Best Neoprene Dumbbells?

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  • Last Modified Date: 10 November 2014
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Neoprene dumbbells are covered in soft material that makes them comfortable to grip and unlikely to damage floors when dropped. Some of the most practical details to consider when choosing neoprene dumbbells include the number of dumbbells you need and the weight of each. While the color of this exercise equipment may not seem particularly important, look for shades that you enjoy most or that would best match your workout room. Finally, look for extra features, such as hexagonal ends to keep the dumbbell from rolling away or contoured grips so you can hold on easier while exercising, that make working out a little easier.

Dumbbells are usually sold in pairs rather than individually, because this allows you to work out both arms at the same time. This does not mean, however, that you should only buy one pair, because you will need more of a challenge as you become stronger. Even if you are only trying to tone your arms rather than build a lot of muscle, you should consider getting a few different pairs to add some variety to your workout. When making this decision, you will also need to decide how heavy the neoprene dumbbells should be. Note that heavier weights, around 15 pounds (6.8 kg), are best for building muscle, while smaller weights, such as those 5 pounds (2.3 kg) or less, are better for just toning up.

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Before choosing neoprene dumbbells, another aspect to consider is color. There is a wide variety available and, while color does not tend to seriously impact the workout, getting dumbbells in a shade you enjoy can improve your mood. In addition, consider buying dumbbells that match your exercise room, because doing so can result in a streamlined look for the area. Some manufacturers color code dumbbells based on weight, so buying different weights may require buying various colors. This option makes it easy to distinguish lighter dumbbells from heavier ones without picking them up.

You should also consider additional features that can take stress off your workout session. For example, some neoprene dumbbells come with hexagonal edges rather than round ones, keeping them from rolling away when you set them down on the floor. You can also find dumbbells with contoured grips, allowing you to hold the weights easier, though neoprene in general already allows for a better grip than most materials.

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