(Closed) Hand weights: do you use them? How?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
2959 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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 # 6
587 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
4047 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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
1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2019

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
2743 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

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.

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