What would be a good DB size?

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Getting some money together to buy both a bench and a pair of DB's. I'll look for an adjustable type, but I was wondering who has experience with DB weights? I'm quite weak, I'm 5'3 (15yrs old on he 20th), and I'm looking for high weight, low reps (4-10 reps). I was thinking 10kg, I'm not sure, I don't have any shops that sell them really, so I'll be buying online.

Don't start with the growth stunting either it's a myth! :P
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what exercises would you be doing?

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save up your money for a trip to england when your like 18 or so and get some trials mate! i mean you can buy a bench if you want but i would spend it on something more worth it, there is plenty of excercises just as good as benching

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scottS4 wrote:what exercises would you be doing?
I'll be picking an exercise from each muscle group, probably utilizing this site - http://dumbbell-exercises.com/
save up your money for a trip to england when your like 18 or so and get some trials mate! i mean you can buy a bench if you want but i would spend it on something more worth it, there is plenty of excercises just as good as benching
I'd love too, but no matter what I'm never going to have enough. Think about it. I need a place to stay, food, bills to pay, furniture, a job while I'm there, and plus the conversion rate for Australian $ to pounds isn't in my advantage.
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I've never used the adjustable ones but they are probably a good one to get. Takes up a lot less room and you can obviously adjust the weight as you get stronger.

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Yea, thanks arsenal'.
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if i were you i'd check out some garage sales. sometimes you can get a used set for really cheap. dumb bells are pretty expensive otherwise.

10kg's sound like an alright weight for you. for shoulder exercises you may want something lighter, but it's up to you.

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Garage sales good idea! Thanks.

I'll look for an adjustable set to compensate for the shoulder exercises.

So do you around 10kg will be a good weight for say 4-10 reps?
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yeah, for exercises like bench press, incline bench press, seated rows, one arm rows that weight seems alright for a small 14 year old. for things like curls, shoulder press and lateral raises you may want something lighter.

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desire10 wrote:Getting some money together to buy both a bench and a pair of DB's. I'll look for an adjustable type, but I was wondering who has experience with DB weights? I'm quite weak, I'm 5'3 (15yrs old on he 20th), and I'm looking for high weight, low reps (4-10 reps). I was thinking 10kg, I'm not sure, I don't have any shops that sell them really, so I'll be buying online.

Don't start with the growth stunting either it's a myth! :P
im 160 pounds and i db press. 18.5 kg each side. plus ten kg for the bar.

so thats 23 kg each side which = 46 kg = 100 pounds.

Uh...why would a dumbbell bar weigh 25 pounds.

I dunno about DB press because it's always my third movement, I can do about 50 x 10. I would be significantly stronger if I did them first. I would say barbell wise, if you can do standing with your own bodyweight, that's good.

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Get adjustable ones. You can buy sets that come with a spinlock barbell and two bars, and then loads of different weights to put on them. Unless you're working out at a gym which has ever variety of dumbbell, it is impossible to train with just one weight.

If you're just starting off you will probably need 5kg dumbbells for curling, I've been doing weights a while and I still only do 14kg.

For rows however you will want a bit more, 8-10kg would be a good starting point.

incline benching would again be about 10-12kg at first.

My weight set came with the barbell and two bars, with 50kg weight to put on them, that is a good set for anyone to start on and will get some real results.

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instead of buying weights and equipment, why not join the gym? its much more motivating, different environment, other people around, can talk, the mood and environment is set, share routines, see the next one going hard and you want to go hard as well - not to mention you can check out hot babies ! :D

joining a gym is 10 times better than working out in your house on your own imo -

its similar to studying at home, i know many of you do so, but for me home is related to lazyness, tv, playstation and messing around, when i open a book in my house, 3 minutes later i'm turning the tv on, because its so associated mentally to chill out zone -

vs i go to a library, where its silent, good environment for studying, i can work for much longer :wink:

when you join a gym, you pay a membership for a certain time, which automatically puts pressure on yourself to go, because you want to make the most of your money, and when you enter this world you see ripped people all muscular its like the environment motivates you and pushes you to become better and train hard, you'll go often and see gain's fast -
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I don't agree. Not everyone is able to go to the gym for an hour/few hours every day, and to be training really effectively, you need to be doing around 4/5 days a week.

I have my loft conversion changed into a gym room, where I have a bench, knee curler, knee ex tensioner, rowing machine, treadmill and lots of weights to put on my dumb-bells and barbell. I find it much more easier to grab something to eat, study or chill for half an hour, before going up and hitting the gym hard for a solid hour.

The reasons I don't like going gym are:
1. Talking slows your workout down.
2. People who spend too long on one piece of equipment.
3. Teenagers who like to say they go gym and just socialise after doing a few curls with 4kg dumb-bells.
4. Annoying girls who go gym just to check out boys and try and get your number whilst you're trying to get a pump on.
5. Most gyms require you to wear a top, I sweat like a bitch if I wear a t-shirt when lifting.
6. More teenagers who have actually done a little bit of weight, but still only bench 50kg yet think they're Arnie and walk around with their arms out pretending their muscles are forcing their arms wide.

But the number one thing, and I'm sure other serious lifters will agree with me here, is when someone asks you:

"how much do you bench?"

:roll:

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, annoys me more than people who bounce a 100kg bar off their chest, and then using the worst form in history, along with their spotter, to raise it back to the top, who think they are ripped. Honestly these people would put on more muscle if they used proper technique and 20kg.

/end rant.

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klc123 wrote:I don't agree. Not everyone is able to go to the gym for an hour/few hours every day, and to be training really effectively, you need to be doing around 4/5 days a week.

I have my loft conversion changed into a gym room, where I have a bench, knee curler, knee ex tensioner, rowing machine, treadmill and lots of weights to put on my dumb-bells and barbell. I find it much more easier to grab something to eat, study or chill for half an hour, before going up and hitting the gym hard for a solid hour.

The reasons I don't like going gym are:
1. Talking slows your workout down.
2. People who spend too long on one piece of equipment.
3. Teenagers who like to say they go gym and just socialise after doing a few curls with 4kg dumb-bells.
4. Annoying girls who go gym just to check out boys and try and get your number whilst you're trying to get a pump on.
5. Most gyms require you to wear a top, I sweat like a bitch if I wear a t-shirt when lifting.
6. More teenagers who have actually done a little bit of weight, but still only bench 50kg yet think they're Arnie and walk around with their arms out pretending their muscles are forcing their arms wide.

But the number one thing, and I'm sure other serious lifters will agree with me here, is when someone asks you:

"how much do you bench?"

:roll:

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, annoys me more than people who bounce a 100kg bar off their chest, and then using the worst form in history, along with their spotter, to raise it back to the top, who think they are ripped. Honestly these people would put on more muscle if they used proper technique and 20kg.

/end rant.
You forgot the people who absolutely have to drop/throw the bar and or dumbbells on the floor after every set. Its just way too difficult to set the weights down on the floor!!!

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Oh yes, they are also the ones who scream so excessively, it is as if they are trying to raise the weight by sheer wind power alone. 99% of the time they also leave the equipment covered in sweat and don't have the courtesy to dry it down and use the disinfectant which is literally available everywhere around most gyms.

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