In all my years of gym hopping I can say that I am always blown away by how male dominate the free weight area is. I literally find myself bicep curling with the dudes thinking, “Where are all my girls at?” Well ladies, whether you are afraid of all that iron or just plain clueless I wrote this story to simply say, “Smart FitGirls use dumbbells.” Here are nine things you need to know about free weights whether you’re using them in the gym or in the comforts of home.
1. They Are Absolutely Affordable
If you rather workout at home or just want an affordable option for your “I ain’t trying to go to the gym” days, then dumbbells are totally a smart idea. I’ve seen sets as low as $10, or if you really want to save some dough you can always scour local thrift stores or local gyms – some sell free weights for super low when they update their inventory.
2. They Are Versatile
My favorite part about training with dumbbells is that the exercise options are limitless. You can literally hit every single muscle in your body without having to include any other pieces of equipment – ever. Bicep curls, squats, crunches and even more are welcomed to the dumbbell party so definitely add these easy to handle options to your workouts girls.
3. One Pair Isn’t Enough
So now that you know dumbbells are versatile and affordable, also know this – you are going to need more than one pair. Using the same pair for every muscle is a bad idea since not all muscles have the same level of strength. For instance we walk on our legs all day, so they can handle heavier weights. Whereas upper body muscles may require a lighter set. You’ll know the dumbbell is the correct weight when your muscles fatigue after eight to 12 reps so go for broke and lift heavy.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"