Getting back in shape doesn’t have to be expensive. Joining a gym for over $50 per month or buying a high-quality workout machine for your garage or basement is not necessary. There have always been ways to get in shape without spending a lot of money, and this is truer today more than ever before.
The number one way to gain strength fast is to use dumbbells. When you use dumbbells, you’re recruiting all the smaller muscle groups in addition to working the primary muscle you’re focusing on. When it comes to dumbbells, you’re also doing all the work. There are no cables to assist you and you’re responsible for balance. Improving your balance will improve your strength simply because you will be able to lift more weight due to more sturdy body support.
Dumbbells are the perfect answer for buying cheap exercise equipment because they don’t only give you the best results, but they’re cheap. However, be careful. If you buy dumbbells in a retail store, you’re going to have to pay over $1 per pound. You can find much better deals online.
Popular exercises for dumbbells include curls, triceps extensions, military press, dumbbell bench press, and shoulder shrugs, but the options are endless. It’s okay to be creative and try new things – as long as it’s safe. If an exercise doesn’t get you results or at least give you a good pump, move on to another one. One great dumbbell exercise you can do at home is called dumbbell stamps. This is a core exercise where you sit on the ground in an upright position and put your knees up. From there, grab a light dumbbell and hold it in a vertical position. Turn to the right until your arms and the dumbbell are beyond your shoulder and stamp the ground with the dumbbell. Do the same on the left side. Try to do 10 reps on each side. This will build your core and upper back. It’s also a great exercise for anyone who plays baseball, softball, golf, tennis, or any sport where striking an object is involved – the power of your torque will improve a great deal.
Regardless of whether you workout in your garage, basement, or an exercise room in your home, it’s always a good idea to look around and see what’s available. Think of what exercise you can do with each item. By doing so, you will save a lot of money and still get results. Think of it as your own personal fitness routine. You can design your routine for strength gains, weight loss, or both.