Weight and Resistance Training - In the market for weights...

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04-07-2008, 02:32 PM
My time at the gym may be limited, soon, so I'm looking for some type of weights so I can do weight training at home. I've been using the Nautilus machine at the little gym I go to, but I've got no room for anything that big.

What do some of you have, and what would you suggest? Checking in with the sticky threads in this section, I noticed talk of resistance bands. Will you get as good a workout with the bands as you would with a set of free weights or dumbbells?

I talked to the lady who runs the little gym I go to, today, and she said free weights would give as good a workout, if not better, than the Nautilus machine, but that the options for leg workouts would be fewer. Not sure what to do....

04-07-2008, 02:48 PM
I have a set of Versa-Bell dumbbells. You can adjust the weight from 5 to 25 lbs. They are a little on the expensive side but they take the place of like 9 sets of dumbbells.

04-07-2008, 02:58 PM
brn2bthn...my husband is wanting us to get something like that, so he can use 'em too. I was worried that dumbbells would take up a lot of room, but the adjustable ones don't at all...something to consider....

04-07-2008, 03:25 PM
Dumbbells take up some room although I don't really mind it. I have up to 25 lbs and I have kettlebells up to 45 lbs.

Free weights are awesome and you can do good leg work with them including squats and lunges.

You can get a pretty decent workout with resistance bands although I wouldn't say it would be the same as working with free weights. There are also body weight exercises you can do with no weights.

04-07-2008, 03:32 PM
I'm leaning toward the free weights because I can't really see HOW the bands would give as good a workout as the weights. And also, I can't see my husband using bands...he'd want manly weights, that clang and make noise!! :dizzy:

04-07-2008, 03:59 PM
I. And also, I can't see my husband using bands...he'd want manly weights, that clang and make noise!! :dizzy:

REALLY manly men attach resistance bands to their weights to make the top portion of the lift more difficult: Using Bands and Chains (http://www.criticalbench.com/using-bench-press-bands.htm)

One of these days I am going to invest in a set of bands to help train my lockout, and reduce the stress on my elbows when speed benching. Chains would be great too, but I can't see lugging 80# of chains to the gym.

04-07-2008, 04:16 PM
Wow...don't tell him I said so...but my husband may not be manly ENOUGH yet for those bands...:D

04-07-2008, 04:17 PM
Yeah, when I read the "manly" comment, I was going to post a link to Dave Tate and EliteFTS, but RobertW already covered that with his link to Louie Simmons.

Bands are an extremely versatile tool. If I had to choose a full set of Jump Stretch Bands vs a 25-50 lb set of adjustable dumbells, i'd choose the bands, myself.

Actually, I will link to EliteFTS anyway to show the versatility of bands.

http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?tid=101&__N=Band%20Exercises (http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/default.asp?tid=101&__N=Band%20Exercises)

Also, bands are great for athletic training. Not only for a metabolic aspect but for training acceleration and deceleration:


04-07-2008, 05:46 PM
I use bands and body weight exclusively for strength training...they are so versatile, and it means if I have to travel, I can bring my workout with me in a suitcase (I don't need a hotel gym if I have my bands, my running shoes, and my mp3 player...you eliminate a LOT of excuses that way). But for a home gym, either would work really well.

There are bands with resistance so strong that even experience lifters have to strain. A dumbbell is really just providing resistance...the downward pressure from the weight of the dumbbell and gravity. Resistance bands provide the same resistance, but in a different way. I find they actually make me work harder, since they are harder to control on the downward half of a weight lifting motion...you have to focus so they don't pull your arm down.

04-07-2008, 05:53 PM
That's an aspect I hadn't considered, Mandalinn...having to control the bands both up AND down. And that they're portable. And probably cheaper than a good set of free weights.

04-07-2008, 06:08 PM
I also like the Bowflex ( there are other brands too) adjustable weights because you turn the dial and go up by 2 1/2 lbs at a time and there is no storage problem.
Whoops I guess you discussed this already. I should have read more carefully.

12-20-2008, 05:04 PM
I would go for a set of free weights. The nautilus machines that they have for the home are usually of an inferior quality and you do not get a good return for the amount of time you spend on them.

01-05-2009, 12:27 AM
For space and ease of use, dumbbells win, especially the modular kind. Those quick-switch ones like versa-bell look awesome though I have never used them (I'd read the amazon reviews before getting a set).

However, at those prices, resistance bands sound like quite the deal. If you got them and later decided to get dumbbells, it's not much of a loss.

01-05-2009, 11:32 AM
A good set of dumbbells and barbells can be found easily used on craiglist or something like that!

01-08-2009, 01:47 AM
I love my free weights. I found a neat little weight holder from Reebok that fits in my closet under my coats and holds 4 pairs. I also bought a teenager sized bar that stands up there, with some weights that I put on the floor. Check out Sears, Walmart and Target for free weights too. It's a great investment in yourself and it's so handy to work out at home.