Bowflex 5.1s Stowable Bench Review

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Product: Bowflex 5.1s Stowable Bench   Price: $505.99 / £399.00 (but check for special offers) Best place to buy: Amazon.com Guarantee: 15 years frame, 1 year upholstery My rating: 9 out of 10   The Bowflex 5.1s Stowable Bench, Product Overview If you’re making the most of daily workouts at home – whatever your exercise … Read more

Resistance Bands vs Free Weights – Which Is Better For Strength-Based Training?

You’d be forgiven for believing that gaining muscle can only be achieved by throwing heavy weights around in the gym. The reality is there are many ways for you to build muscle, tone, firm and increase your overall fitness and stamina without moving heavy lumps of metal – and one of them comes in rubber … Read more

Aqua Dumbbells Review – A Water-Filled Alternative To Resistance Training

Product: Aqua dumbbells / Water-filled dumbbells Price: From around £26 / $32 upwards Cheapest place to buy: Amazon What you get: Between 4 and 8 dumbbell balls, 2 non-slip silicone handles, up to 4 extension rods, adjustable from 1 – 20 kg per handle, guaranteed not to leak My rating: Between 7 and 8.5 out … Read more

The Best Foods To Gain Muscle

Nutrition Is As Important As Physical Activity In order to gain muscle, attention has to be paid to both physical activity and nutrition in equal measure. Of course to start with you must challenge your body through physical activity, however without the right nutritional support your progress will halter – in fact it may not … Read more

How Do You Build Muscle Fast?

It’s Actually Not Difficult To Grow Muscle For most weightlifters, growing muscle is their number one goal. It’s not always a quick process because there are many variables at play, and a frustration generally shared by many is that it can be very difficult to gain a significant amount of muscle mass. Whether you’re in … Read more

The Best Dumbbells To Buy

A good pair of dumbbells should be top of your list Many of us would love a well-equipped home gym with cardio machines, weight racks, benches and a plethora of dumbbells. For the majority however, a lack of space makes fulfilling this dream more of a fantasy than a realistic solution to an expensive gym … Read more

How To Lose Belly Fat With Dumbbells

Working out with dumbbells is one of the most effective ways to help shift body fat. You can’t specifically target the fat around the belly but if you get the basics right then you will lose it from all areas of your body including your belly, lower back, hips and butt! Before we get on … Read more

Are Kettlebells Better Than Dumbbells?

When it comes to basic weights, there are two types: the good old dumbbells and the (relatively) new kid in town, the kettlebells. Both have their merits, but the argument remains – which is better when it comes to getting results? Are kettlebells better than dumbbells? If you were after a lengthy debate where I … Read more

Dumbbells vs Barbells – Which Is Better For Muscle Growth And Strength?

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In the world of free-weights, there has often been debate over which classic and well-used weight training tool is best, leading to an unofficial showdown between dumbbells vs barbells. For centuries, people have been trying to decide the winner by analysing every possible feature. Which one is more functional? Which one should you use to … Read more

Best Home Dumbbell Workouts

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Despite what your local gym may tell you, you really don’t need an expensive gym membership and a room full of expensive equipment (that you generally have to queue for and then wipe down afterwards) to get in a thorough workout. The best home dumbbell workouts – which can work every muscle in your body … Read more