4. Relax More, Tense Up Less

A common mistake new dumbbell users make is being too tense. I guess out of fear of dropping a weight on your big toe (which by the way is a valid fear) many folks grip dumbbells way too tight. So the next time you feel like you have a death grip on your five pounders try transferring that tension you are putting in your hands to the specific muscle you are actually working. Strength training requires relaxing so release and breathe throughout your lifting sessions for sure. 

5. Move It Without Momentum

Forward momentum is usually welcomed in sports and fitness, however when it comes to working with dumbbells relying on momentum is a total no no. I get it, when your playlist is as RAD as mine (wink wink) it’s easy to let the groove of the beat take over. However more momentum leads to less muscle, and at times, injuries. So stay in control and pay attention to your form in the midst of that 2 Chainz remix lady. 

6. What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

For real. Another reason dumbbells are a smart idea is that they allow for a greater range of motion during exercise. Unlike machines, dumbbells require both your mental and physical attention. They also challenge your muscles in ways no other piece of equipment can. For example, a barbell can become restricting during a chest press, but when you’re holding a dumbbell in each hand you are able to bring the weight down lower during each rep. Make sense?

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