Your Free Weights Buying Guide Part 2

Your Free Weights Buying Guide Part 2

In our previous post, we compared the common materials of free weights so you can make the best purchase for your home gym. This month, we’re going to continue that discussion. When you’re looking at free weights for sale either online or in a store, it’s hard to know what you should buy. At Fitness Equipment Maine, we’re here to help you select the best options for your home gym so you can meet your fitness goals and stay within your budget.


Still comparing free weights for sale? Here are some more options you should consider.


Adjustable vs. Fixed Weight

Whether you’re buying a set or a few pairs (more on that later), you have to decide whether you want adjustable weights or fixed. This decision usually comes down to personal preference and how much space you have. If you’re low on space, adjustable is usually the way to go. You can have multiple weights without needing a weight rack to store them all. On the other hand, if you’re only buying one or two pairs, how much space they take up isn’t as much of a concern.


Weight Options

The next thing to consider is how heavy you want to go. This depends on your fitness goals and the type of exercise you like to do. If you use free weights to add some rigor to your cardio workouts, you don’t want to go too heavy. If strength is your goal, you’ll want to think about what you can lift now and what weight you want to reach. In that case, you should get a range between those two weights.

You’ll also want to think about whether you’re going to buy a few pairs or a complete set. Buying a complete set will save you money in the long run, but it may not be in your budget right now. If your goal is to lift heavier and heavier weights, and it’s within your budget, it makes more sense to buy a complete set.


Dumbbell and Handle Shape

The last thing we’re looking at is the shape of the weight and handle. The most common dumbbell shapes are round and hex. Hex weights became popular on military ships because they wouldn’t roll away while the ship was moving. If you have uneven floors, hex dumbbells can be useful. However, many people find that a round weight is an easier shape to work with.

Dumbbells also come with straight or curved handles. If you are used to straight handles, there’s no reason to stop using them. But if you are new to free weights, you may find curved handles easier to use.


We have free weights for sale and so much more at Fitness Equipment Maine! Visit us at 244 Saint John Street in Portland to start building your home gym.