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Old 05-29-2008, 08:57 PM   #1
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Strength training with dumbbells

Trombone Al's strained back muscle thread reminded me that I've been wanting to ask this.

Anybody know of a good resource on putting together a full-body strength training routine using dumbbells only?

Al, where did that Dumbbell Squat photo come from?

I've got a full set at home, ranging from 5lbs to 70lbs. Want to put together a full-body routine using them. Looking for a good book, website, etc. Thanks.
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Old 05-29-2008, 09:13 PM   #2
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Oh, I'd like this too!! I have been doing internet searches and there are some videos of this or that dumbbell exercise out there. There are some "OK" websites with a few dumbbell exercise videos like this one:

How to Exercise Using Free Weights | ExpertVillage Videos

But, I haven't found any very comprehensive websites.
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I haven't tried it, but John Basedow's Fitness Made Simple series has a couple videos that emphasize the use of a very limited set of free weights, especially dumbbells. A couple people in the fitness trainer program at the community college have seen them, and thought they were really pretty good.
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Old 05-29-2008, 11:20 PM   #4
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Here's a link to a ton of exercise demonstration vids:

ExRx.net Exercise & Muscle Directory

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Old 05-30-2008, 02:10 AM   #5
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Oh, just realized the dumbbells you're talking about are made of metal. Sorry,, thought I had some good ideas, silly me.
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That's exactly what I've done. I didn't want to deal with barbells.

That photo is from Strength Training Past 50, highly recommended.

Below is my workout, based on the book's advice. The book has a series of recommended workouts, and a way of evaluating your starting point.

It's good at describing exactly how to do the exercises. It failed to help me get the dumbbells off the floor, however. I think my mistake was that I tried so hard to keep the back straight when I did this, that I was on my toes, lost my balance, and strained the back in recovering. I've since read up on the dead lift, and I think I'll be more secure in the future.
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This is what I look like when I do my dumbbell bench press:

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This is what I look like when I do my dumbbell bench press:

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Old 05-31-2008, 08:06 AM   #11
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Thanks all for the responses, you've given me some great info to get started. Thanks Al for the workout sheet and book tip, that's just what I was looking for, going to check it out.
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I got mine from the library, and scanned in the pages I figured I'd need to refer to.
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