Dumbbells and weight machines are typical elements in home gyms. But when people choose exercise equipment for their new home gyms, they get some outrageous ideas. Let’s address those silly debates and get to the facts, so you can make informed decisions.


Confusion: I’ll need a huge set of dumbbells to get a complete workout. That will cost a lot and take up too much space.

Truth: Dumbbells have finally become revolutionized with new ‘selectorized dumbbells’. They take up less space and cost far less than traditional pairs of weights.

Instead, a single pair of selectorized dumbbells is compact enough to make a great addition to a home gym set-up.

Confusion: Won’t I get bulky if I use dumbbells? I don’t want to build muscle. I just want to tone up.

Truth: Only if your genetics have given you extra testosterone, or if you spend hours a day practicing bodybuilding methods, could you possibly look bulky from using dumbbells.

Instead, your dumbbell exercises will give you that sexy, curvy look. Your metabolism will increase like crazy, and your bones will get stronger, too.

Weight Machines.

Confusion: Won’t dumbbells and free weights cost less than weight machines?

Truth: You aren’t just buying equipment by the piece. Total costs should be based on total exercises you’ll do. Modern weight machines have efficient, sleek designs and many exercise options.

Instead, consider getting a weight machine that offers both upper- and lower-body exercises.

Confusion: Weight machines don’t give the best workout because you work muscles one-at-a-time instead of grouped.

Truth: The latest weight machines are designed to work muscles more dynamically than before. They simulate real movement. They work the muscles naturally and effectively.

Instead of buying the old-fashioned models, consider newer styles that offer the best of free weight movements using stacked weights and handle attachments.

Having the best of both worlds.

Modern equipment designs allow us to have more equipment, taking up less space in the home, for lower costs. And they give a much better workout than their ancient predecessors.

One pair of selectorized dumbbells, and one functional trainer unit, will give you endless workout options. Together, they can give you the toned body you want!

Instead of choosing one or the other, remember: getting toned up will never happen with just one product, one habit, one exercise, or one piece of equipment!

Just like any other successful program in your life, you need to keep it fun and challenging with a variety of tools!

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