What is the cast iron dumbbell?
Being the oldest dumbbell material in history, cast iron has been adopted in the manufacturing of dumbbells for generations and is still widely used both at home and in the gym. As the name has told you, cast iron dumbbells are produced through the casting process where the raw cast iron material is melted firstly and then poured into the mold to create the solid castings. There are two kinds of cast iron dumbbells: one is dumbbell with one-piece handlebar and adjustable weights, and the other is fixed weight cast iron dumbbell.
Solid cast iron dumbbells
Pros of cast iron dumbbells
- Cast iron dumbbells offer you various weights, types and designs for your consideration.
- Cast iron dumbbells are perfect for full body dumbbell exercises.
- The heavy weight can improve your using experience.
- This dumbbell is durable and is of a reasonable price.
- High-end appearance and anti-slip surface.
Cons of cast iron dumbbells
- Improper use of cast iron dumbbells may cause damage to your facilities & floor and even hurt yourself.
- They look not so fashionable.
What exercises are cast iron dumbbells suitable for?
You can use cast iron dumbbells to train your shoulder, back, bicep, and other muscle groups. The cast iron dumbbells can greatly build up your muscles by offering you adequate weights. If you are a beginner or are not familiar with dumbbell exercise, you can start from 5 lb and gradually break in it. Here we provide you with three notes that deserve your attention:
- You must do exercises absorbedly because the heavy cast iron dumbbells may hurt you.
- You need a workout carpet or a mat to protect both you and your floor.
- Wearing gloves is recommended, which safeguards your hands.
How to choose cast iron dumbbells for your exercise
Since cast iron dumbbells vary in design, model and grip, it may be difficult for you to make a choice. So here Speck lists three points about how to choose cast iron dumbbells. Let’s us move on and finish reading it!
1. Solid cast iron dumbbell Vs. Adjustable cast iron dumbbell
Solid dumbbell vs adjustable dumbbell
Some people think that the solid dumbbells or the so called fixed weight dumbbells are better than the adjustable ones, while others hold different opinions. As for the opponents, they believe that buying adjustable dumbbells paves the way for better exercising. So which one is better?
In general, purchasing adjustable dumbbells is economical in the long run. You don’t have to pay extra money for weights and it seems to be an once-and-for-all option. You can gradually increment the weight plates without buying a new dumbbell. However, it will cost you a lot to buy a full set of adjustable dumbbells. If you are not a regular exerciser, you can just buy one solid cast iron dumbbell, which is cheaper. Therefore, you have to take into consideration both your budget and your passion for dumbbell exercises before buying cast iron dumbbells.
2. Round cast iron dumbbell Vs. Hex cast iron dumbbell
Round dumbbell vs hex dumbbell
We highly recommend you to buy the hex cast iron dumbbell. For one thing, the round dumbbell will roll over your feet if the floor is not even and bends toward your direction. When this happens, you will feel extremely painful and the weight plates may even bring you soft tissue contusion. For another, the hex cast iron weight plates are stable when put on the floor, and can be used to do push-ups, featuring better versatility. The hex ones are also easier to be collected and stored.
3. Polished grip Vs. Knurling grip
Polished handlebar vs knurling handlebar
Cast iron dumbbells with the knurling handlebar can offer you stronger grip, enabling you to hold the dumbbells in a stable and secure manner. The knurling design also prevents dumbbells from slipping out of your hands even if you think that you are losing the control of the heavy ones. We recommend you to wear groves so that you can hold dumbbells comfortably and safely.