Post # 1
I have been thinking about getting hand weights for a while– I am in decent shape but really want to tone & strengthen my arms. I often hold rocks that weigh about 1 lb in my hands and do exercises with them when I walk or run, but that is inconvenient and I want to get weights. I’m also considering plain weight training, but that might be harder for me to do/make time for.
So– for using while walking, or for pumping my arms while riding a stationary exercise bike, or other stuff, what weight should I start out with? 2 lb? Less? More?
And, if you use hand weights, do you like the ones with a strap, or the ones that are just normal neoprene-covered dumbbells?
Post # 3
I have a set of the neoprene 5lbs, no straps. I use them with Jillian Michaels videos. I would say no less than 5lbs, honestly, although if you’re in better shape than me, you might be okay with 8s.
Post # 4
I have dumbbells that range from 5lbs. to 15 lbs. and kettlebells that range from 10 lbs. to 10kg (approx. 22 lbs. I use them with fitness DVDs – I like circuit training ones that mix aerobics with strenght training. Core Fusion DVDs have several ones that utilize hand weights. Moves like bicep curls and tricep kick-backs are great for the arms.
Post # 5
@trueblue14: Thank you both! I should actually weigh my walking rocks; that might give me a better idea of what I’m accustomed to.
Anyone with insight as to weights used while walking?
Post # 6
I think 5lbs might be a bit heavy for walking, 8 lbs are out of the question. The reality is you need heavier weights to get nice tone so you’ll need to take some extra time to use the weights. I use 5-10 lb weights depending on what I’m doing. My biceps can handle it but my triceps can’t, for example. Honestly an extra 10 minutes every other day will be a big help. I do a bit more than that but if your time is limited, 10 minutes with heavier weights will get it done.
Post # 7
I use 2.5 kg (about 5 lb) hand weights for bicep curls, triceps curls, French curls, side raises, press ups. You can do any of these even just watching tv. Even small weights can make a huge difference
Post # 8
I do weight training while watching TV and whatnot. It’s really not difficult to incorporate. One set of 5lbs is great, and one set of 10lbs a nice addition. You don’t really need more. Weights to use while you do other exercises you may want lighter – 2lbs might be fine?
Post # 9
I think you should start small, and then work your way up over time. I think 5lbs is perfectly fine to start with. For walking, though, I would probably keep it light. If you’re looking at just stationary weight lifting, you can go as high as you can handle; don’t be afraid to go heavy in that regard, but don’t hurt yourself.
I can do a max of 15lbs for curls, tricep extension, oblique dips, for example. But I also take some of the big circular weights from the bench press and use the 25lb one for a few things. The handweights I use are metal? I’m pretty sure, but I always wear gloves so they don’t rub my hands raw. I prefer the metal ones, because I feel like I can get a much better grip.
And weight training is excellent, I enjoy it a lot, especially if you’re looking for muscle tone. Just make sure you’re getting enough protein to build that muscle with. And don’t weight lift every day, give yourself about 48 hours between sessions.
Post # 10
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I have weights ranging from 3-15 pounds. I use the 3 and 5 pound weights with certain pilates exercises. the 8-15 pounds for arm, chest, and leg exercises. I also have an 8 pound ab ball that I will start using again here shortly.
Post # 11
Hmm, thank you bees!
I bought some 2 lb hand weights to start with, for use while walking and riding an exercise bike (it’s designed so that you don’t necessarily have to hold on to the handles). When I’ve been using them, they’ve felt pretty heavy after a short time– so maybe I’m not in as good shape as I thought.
I might get some 5 or 8 lb weights soon, for doing other stuff.