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Trying to choose between working out with barbells and dumbbells? Maybe you’re building a home gym and unsure of which to buy. The most important thing to remember (besides how much space you have) is “what is your primary goal?” Are you looking to build muscle, reduce fat, or increase performance etc.? This is what will determine barbells vs. dumbbells.
Below you’ll learn:
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Training for strength and functionality? Barbell exercises are more strength focused, allowing you to lift heavier weights and get bigger strength gains.
Barbells work best for compound movements. Some examples include squats, lunges, and deadlifts. They can be also used for isolation exercises such as barbell curls and lying triceps extensions. Barbell exercises engage fewer stabilizer muscles and can work more muscle groups at the same time. With barbells, all you need is the single barbell and a few weight plates!
However, since you can lift larger loads (you can lift about 20% heavier with a barbell) and progress faster, there is a higher risk of injury.
There are different types of barbells that you can use with each having its own function:
Training for muscle size and mass? Dumbbell exercises are the better choice since they are more hypertrophy focused. Dumbbells allow for unilateral (single leg or single arm) movements which build muscle symmetry, making it easier to isolate specific muscles and also be used in compound movements.
Concerned with dumbbell weight limitations? Offset it by increasing repetitions. Almost every barbell exercise can be done with a dumbbell too. The trick is finding ones that meet your needs.
The Types of Dumbbells:
Now you have this guide, simply determine your goals to find the piece of equipment that fits your needs the best. Just remember, you are never stuck using just one type of equipment!