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In all my years of gym hopping I can say that I am always blown away by how male dominate the free weight area is. I literally find myself bicep curling with the dudes thinking, “Where are all my girls at?” Well ladies, whether you are afraid of all that iron or just plain clueless I wrote this story to simply say, “Smart FitGirls use dumbbells.”  Here are nine things you need to know about free weights whether you’re using them in the gym or in the comforts of home. 

1. They Are Absolutely Affordable

If you rather workout at home or just want an affordable option for your “I ain’t trying to go to the  gym” days, then dumbbells are totally a smart idea. I’ve seen sets as low as $10, or if you really want to save some dough you can always scour local thrift stores or local gyms – some sell free weights for super low when they update their inventory. 

2. They Are Versatile

My favorite part about training with dumbbells is that the exercise options are limitless. You can literally hit every single muscle in your body without having to include any other pieces of equipment – ever. Bicep curls, squats, crunches and even more are welcomed to the dumbbell party so definitely add these easy to handle options to your workouts girls. 

3. One Pair Isn’t Enough 

So now that you know dumbbells are versatile and affordable, also know this – you are going to need more than one pair. Using the same pair for every muscle is a bad idea since not all muscles have the same level of strength. For instance we walk on our legs all day, so they can handle heavier weights. Whereas upper body muscles may require a lighter set. You’ll know the dumbbell is the correct weight when your muscles fatigue after eight to 12 reps so go for broke and lift heavy.

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