Weight and Resistance Training - What *is* it with those little pink dumbbells?




GreatBigMonsterMomma
01-16-2006, 01:01 AM
This is a bit of a rant, but really I am more amused than anything...

What is it with pink 1-lb dumbbells? Why do I keep seeing photos advertising "toning" (because of course it is always toning) routines with itty-bitty dumbbells?

Why don't women pause to think a minute and realize that, unless they sit immobile in front of the TV all day, never lifting anything more than a potato chip, that lifting one pound "weights" is pointless?

If you've ever taken a gallon of milk off the shelf at the grocery store, you've lifted more than a pound. If you've ever picked up a baby, you've lifted more than a pound. Heck, my 1-quart Texas Tea Bucket insulated mug from Bill Miller's probably weighs more than a pound when it's full!

And yet...And yet, they're still sold. And bought, obviously, because no one would stock merchandise they couldn't move.

According to Weight Watchers Magazine, my almost-four-year-old is an advanced lifter! They consider using five pound weights to be advanced! (No, she doesn't actually pump iron, she just plays with them 'cause she's seen Mommy 'playing'.)

And yet, I must confess I do indeed have a pair of pink 1-lb dumbbells:

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That is my oldest daughter, at 10 months of age. Yes, I got the idea from Stumptuous.com.

I'd hope that spreading photos like this around would embarass grown women into lifting something heavier...


futuresurferchick
01-16-2006, 03:16 AM
Hahaaaaaaa that is hilarious. You are so right!

plb@m
01-16-2006, 03:19 AM
They are for exercise not bodybuilding some people use them jogging.


GreatBigMonsterMomma
01-16-2006, 06:29 AM
They are for exercise not bodybuilding some people use them jogging.

Each and every issue of Weight Watchers Magazine I have bought has a weightlifting routine in it and gives the guidelines that beginners should use 1lb weights and 'advanced' lifters should use 5lb weights. I forget what they call the middle level.

It's silly. Even the utmost beginner to lifting any sort of weight can lift something heavier than 1lb.

I have seen them used for "power" walking. Which, again, strikes me as silly, given how many women I've seen walking around carrying huge purses.

We tend to underestimate ourselves, I think. Just in day-to-day living we deal with things heavier than a pound or two. Most of the cats I've had have weighed more than that. Heaven knows the books I carried around in high school did.

I have to question how much you're exercising yourself with something of a lighter weight than you deal with just living.

Meg
01-16-2006, 06:55 AM
I completely agree, GBMM. :) We ALL do indeed underestimate our capabilities.

I have a 76 year old client (all of 4' 11") who has osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and a variety of other health issues. She's not looking to become a body builder :lol: , just to be a healthy, independent and fit senior citizen. The lightest DBs she uses are 5s and she uses 8s and 10s on some exercises. Wonder what WW would make of her?

plb@m
01-16-2006, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by plb@m
They are for exercise not bodybuilding some people use them jogging.


Each and every issue of Weight Watchers Magazine I have bought has a weightlifting routine in it and gives the guidelines that beginners should use 1lb weights and 'advanced' lifters should use 5lb weights. I forget what they call the middle level.

It's silly. Even the utmost beginner to lifting any sort of weight can lift something heavier than 1lb.

I have seen them used for "power" walking. Which, again, strikes me as silly, given how many women I've seen walking around carrying huge purses.

We tend to underestimate ourselves, I think. Just in day-to-day living we deal with things heavier than a pound or two. Most of the cats I've had have weighed more than that. Heaven knows the books I carried around in high school did.

I have to question how much you're exercising yourself with something of a lighter weight than you deal with just living.


I didn't know Weight Watchers Magazine was a bodybuilder magazine have to check that out! I'm sure your right they don't know what they are talking about how could they.They are just silly.
You can question all you want I know how to start out weightlifting my brother has been a bodybuilder for 25 years.
I'm not saying 1lbers should be used for bodybuilding .I just think we shouldn't point fun at people that do use them.
And if you didn't know weightlifting and bodybuilding are not the same.
Sorry if I steped on any toes I'm sure your right about everything.

Firmgirl
01-16-2006, 12:13 PM
I agree they ar silly to a degree. I cartainly do not think they are great to begin s weight set at home with, but I know in my own experience, there are certain moves that 3# and up kill me (rear delatiods comes to mind) and also when doing should er work with heavier weights, towrds the end of the set, I have to pyramid to a lower weight or use no weight (my trainer prefers me to use weight, be it 1# or 1/4 lb dumbbell plate.)
I also have seen clients usually older, that have severe damage in the wrist which makes even the 1 lb. extremely hard to hold, let alone a heavier weight for any lenght of time.

srmb60
01-16-2006, 12:30 PM
Speaking as someone who was verrry verrry sedentary .... I'm glad they made 2lb-ers. I'd have gotten nowhere if I'd had to start with ten's.

I think it's a subliminal note ... 'look at what you can do, look how easy it is' ... at least they get started doing something.

stacylambert
01-21-2006, 12:54 AM
I just read something in a magazine sort of on this subject. If you read magazines like fitness rx or oxygen you see all these fitness models and bodybuilding women lifting less weight than I do on regular basis and I'm thinking "what the heck?" Well anyway they explained in the one that it's because these women are doing a 6 hour photoshoot doing the same exercise or pose over and over again. So I guess that explains that, but in real life who knows?

sportmom
01-21-2006, 10:08 PM
how those women get so cut lifting such lite weights! I thought, wow, I'm going to look fierce once my cardio melts off my fat!

As for the pink one pounders, I bought them JUST so my 4 and 6 yo's could have something to lift when they workout with mommy. Seeing them hurl 3 and 5 pounders around made me so nervous for their toes.

I use my 3 and 5'ers on my weight machine which only goes up by 10 lb increments. So I pile the lighter dumbbells on to get some incremental increases to build up to the next 10 lb stack.

By the way, I am a newbie. Forgive me for just jumping in, but I just found this site and think I'm in LOVE!!:strong:

GreatBigMonsterMomma
01-22-2006, 04:55 AM
As for the pink one pounders, I bought them JUST so my 4 and 6 yo's could have something to lift when they workout with mommy. Seeing them hurl 3 and 5 pounders around made me so nervous for their toes.

Yeah, the baby in that picture is now almost four and has appropriated my 3 & 5 lb'ers. :lol: I've given her younger sister the smallest ones. I'd hand them over to my littlest just to snap a picture, but she'd undoubtedly try to eat them.

Firmgirl
01-22-2006, 12:14 PM
I'd hand them over to my littlest just to snap a picture, but she'd undoubtedly try to eat them.
:lol3:

Yoyonomore
01-23-2006, 05:20 PM
There are a lot of women lifting very lite and high rep so they don't "bulk up". It's the old myth rearing it's ugly head. 1 lb is pretty silly and doesn't do a lot. Women do tend to underestimate themselves. And some just plain underachieve because it's easier. I actually did "bulk up" in my bicep area at one point, and so I do go lighter this time. But I bulked up by curling 30lb dumbbells. I do max 20 lb now and very high rep because my neck and biceps do tend to get a little manly looking. ;-) But five lbs are the lightest I own and I don't actually use them for anything. They came with the set.

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Amarantha2
01-23-2006, 09:15 PM
I don't know, though, if technique is right, even very light weights can be effective at times. I like the little pink dumbells, although I only have one pair. I use them to strengthen my wrists with little curls ... :)

happytx
01-23-2006, 09:40 PM
Well I know in my case for iron yoga you are only supposed to use a 1, 2, or 3lb weights, because of the length of time you hold each postion, and I know I can only handle the 1's for that routine, I lift regularly, and I am a marathon runner, I think its fair to say I am rather fit, I also know my hubby who lifts heavy weights regularly and is also a marathon runner, can only handle the 2's during that routine, and he does it at least 3 times a week, so I would say that many people have a need, and are by no means underestimating their own potential. I also dont think that anything that gets someone up off their couch is silly, and I would never laugh at anyone, who is willing to try.

Yoyonomore
01-24-2006, 03:17 PM
Well, yoga is a whole different can of tuna! But in a regular lifting routine ultra light weights are best saved for exersizes like the wrist one mentioned and "injury" toners (my husband does an "injury" toning exersize for his injured shoulders. He uses a 5 lb. weight for that.) Before I had my own basement gym I used to see a lot of women come to the gym afraid to lift any more than 5 lb dumbells for fear they would "bulk up". And I think that is a misconception and an underestimation. I would never laugh at anybody either, but I would try to educate them if they were truly interested. Using a 1 lb. dumbell in a yoga/pilates routine is one thing. That's not the same as a traditional lifting routine and requires a different approach.

However, there is some benefit to "ultra lite/ultra high" rep. Did anybody see that bodybuilding show from the eighties with the women? I can't remember what it was called! Anyway, they showed the women prepping for the contest and they lifted ridiculously lite and super high rep. This apparently was really good for making the muscles "pop" right before contest. They would go so high rep (literally 100s of reps) they would scream with frustration to get in a few more reps. That approach is also good for toning exersizes. I believe Skwigg mentioned going fairly lite on legs sometimes, and doing the routine in "slow motion". She said it was a killer! So there is place for low weight, but it should be mixed with high weights in traditional lifting.

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