What is the best starter weight of equipment?
I know that all of these workouts can be done with or without the suggested equipment, but I am wondering what the best starter weight would be for a woman of fair to above average fitness level in the categories of medicine balls, free weights, kettlebells, etc for these workouts? That way, you can purchase one weight and once you easily complete with that weight, you can move up a level.by: Bathsheba
You can always start off with 2 pounders to get the feel then go to 3 then 5 and as you get stronger and want more of a challenge you move up.
I think it all depends on the exercise that you are doing.
If you are using the weights to enhance aerobics, you should start with small, three pound weights and work your way up. There are small hand weights or ones that wrap around the wrist, but a simple set of light-weight hex dumbbells probably would do the trick.
To figure out what weight range you need, it is best to go to a store or a gym and try them out. Try a variety of exercises and figure out what the maximum and minimum weight that you need to challenge yourself.
For actual weight lifting, unless you know the weight that works, you should probably get an adjustable set of dumbbells (such as http://www.amazon.com/Cap-Bar... ; you can buy the fancy, but expensive, PowerBlock or BowFlex kind but that will increase the price by $100 to $150). For standard adjustables, I would recommend getting the kind with the screw-on, threaded collars as the ones with the wire, friction-type collars don't always stay on when the weights are held vertically (as when you hold a single dumbell with both hands over your head an do a behind-the-neck triceps press or hammer curls) .
The best kind of dumbells for day-to-day use are the non-adjustable hex-type ones. They set down and won't roll and they don't come apart. But they are not adjustable and getting a full set is pretty expensive. If you are set on these, though, try to buy them at a garage sale, Goodwill, or used sporting goods store--you'll pay a premium per pound at a regular sporting goods store.
For kettlebells and medicine balls, you really have to go to a store or gym and see what works for you. I've tried some adjustable kettlebells--they are pretty expensive and they don't seem to have the same balance or feel as a regular kettlebell, so I would avoid them. (Once again, a try before you buy policy is important.) For kettlebells and medicine balls you have to try out a variety of moves with them and figure out your needs from there. For safety's sake, going lighter and preserving form are more important than going for the maximal weight.
most days a 5 pound weight will feel to light. During some of these workouts that 5 pound weight will feel like a 20 pound. I have 10 6.5 4 and 3 (a few even found at the local thrift store) It does depend on the person though.
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