Dumbbell types & exercises using dumbbells: Your comprehensive guide

If you're on the hunt for top-notch dumbbells and dumbbell sets, look no further than Physical. We understand that choosing the right equipment is crucial for achieving your fitness goals. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the world of dumbbells, exploring the different types and outlining some of the fantastic exercises these versatile pieces of kit allow you to do.

What are the different types of dumbbells? 

When it comes to dumbbells, you really are spoiled for choice with Physical, with a wide range of options to suit your preferences and needs. Whether you're a home fitness enthusiast, a personal trainer or a commercial operator looking for durable dumbbell sets for high-footfall gyms, our unparalleled catalogue has something for everyone.

PU dumbbells: Polyurethane-coated dumbbells offer a sleek and stylish finish. Known for their durability and resistance to wear and tear, PU dumbbells are a high-quality, long-lasting investment. Ours come with a five-year warranty.

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Rubber dumbbells: A popular choice for both home and commercial gyms, rubber dumbbells provide a great experience at a more affordable price than PU dumbbells. The rubber coating protects your floor and provides a comfortable grip.

Neo hex dumbbells: The hexagonal design of these dumbbells prevents rolling and ensures stability during workouts. Neo hex dumbbells are perfect for group exercise environments where you need them to stay exactly where you’ve put them. They also come colour-coded for convenience of weight selection.

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Solid steel dumbbells: If you're looking for a classic, sturdy option, solid steel dumbbells are a great choice that provide a reliable and consistent weight.

What exercises can you do with dumbbells? 

Dumbbells are incredibly versatile, allowing you to target different muscle groups and achieve a full-body workout. Here are some exercises you might like to incorporate into your routine.

Bicep curls: Target your biceps by curling the dumbbells towards your shoulders.

Lunges: Amp up your leg workout by holding a dumbbell in each hand as you lunge.

Shoulder press: Strengthen your shoulders and upper body with overhead shoulder presses, using dumbbells as your resistance.

Tricep kickbacks: Tone and define your triceps with this effective exercise where, leaning over, you straighten your arm out backwards holding onto a dumbbell weight.

Goblet squats: Engage your core and lower body with goblet squats using a single heavy dumbbell.

You can find more detail of these exercises – and more – in our separate guide: What exercises can you do with dumbbells?

How much do dumbbells and dumbbell sets cost?

The cost of dumbbells can vary quite a bit depending on factors such as weight, material used and brand: PU costs more than rubber, for example.

For home gyms, you can normally choose a weight or two to suit your fitness level, buying perhaps just a couple of pairs of dumbbells. Rubber is an affordable option that’s more than robust enough. You might even consider an adjustable dumbbell set where you can change the weight selection on the bar.

Adjustable Dumbbell Set

Commercial gyms are likely to require a full range of dumbbells, ranging from light to heavy, and may want to invest in more expensive but hugely durable PU dumbbells depending on how heavy the use of their free weight areas.

Explore the wide range of dumbbells and dumbbell sets available here. You’re sure to find the perfect match for your needs!

What is the best way to store dumbbells? 

Efficient storage is essential to keep your workout space organised and safe, with no trip hazards.

Consider investing in a sturdy dumbbell rack to ensure easy access and prevent clutter. Physical offers a wide range of storage solutions that are both practical and space-saving.

Best dumbbells and dumbbell sets – available now at Physical 

Discover the best dumbbells on the market at Physical. Whatever your demands of the equipment and wherever you intend to use them, you’ll find dumbbell sets to meet your needs right here.

Neo Hex Dumbbells

Great for group exercise studios.

PU Performanace Dumbbells

Great for heavy-use commercial gyms.

Adjustable Rubber Dumbbell Set

Great for home workouts.

We hope this guide has helped you make an informed decision about your new dumbbells. If you have any questions or are considering a bulk order for your gym, don't hesitate to get in touch with our knowledgeable team at Physical. Elevate your fitness journey with quality equipment that stands the test of time.