You can find dumbbells in a variety of materials. Which one you choose to use or buy depends partly on personal preference and budget. It also depends on whether you’re a light exerciser or are used to lifting heavy weights to develop muscle mass. If you're planning on buying dumbbells, try a few first to see what feels like the best fit.
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Plastic dumbbells are popular for fitness classes and are usually available only in weights in up to 10 lb. sets. They don’t rust, so they can be washed and are usually cheaper than other types of dumbbells. Another advantage of plastic dumbbells is that they don’t roll because they are hexagonal, which also makes them easier to store and stack.
Chrome dumbbells are better looking and better quality than iron dumbbells. According to Dumbellz, they can be found in weights of up to 130 lbs. Chrome dumbbells have knurled handles, which allows for better gripping than other metal models.
Neoprene is a synthetic rubber. Dumbbells covered with neoprene have a number of advantages over other types of dumbbells. One of the most important ones is grip-ability. Even if your hands get wet during a workout, you still can hold onto the dumbbells without worrying about them slipping off. Neoprene also protects your hands, so you don’t need to wear gloves.
Iron dumbbells are the oldest, most traditional type of dumbbells and come in weights from 1 lb. to over 100 lbs. While most are fixed-weight, some models allow for modifications. For example, you can add plates to the dumbbells to increase their weight. Some models of iron dumbbells come with rubberized grips, but this is not the standard. In most cases, you will need to wear gloves to protect the skin of your hands.