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Best Dumbbells in Australia

Dumbbells are a great tool for strength training, from beginners all the way through to the Arnold Schwarzenegger’s of the world. They are great for isolation exercises to target specific muscles. They can also be safer for beginners as they are easier to handle than a barbell and Olympic weights. At the risk of contradicting the order of my list, you can perform a huge range of exercises with just a few sizes of dumbbells and an adjustable bench. If you have a very limited budget, this could be a great place to start! 

Hex dumbbells are a type of weight training equipment commonly used in gyms, fitness centers, and home workouts. They are named "hex" because of their hexagonal shape, which prevents them from rolling away when placed on the ground.


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There are three types of Dumbbells.

  • Hex Dumbbells: your traditional dumbbells with a steel handle and fixed hexagonal rubber endings.
  • Adjustable Dumbbells: allows you to adjust the weight using various mechanisms (usually a lever, dial or pin). A great space saver that allows you to have multiple weights in one dumbbell. However they can be expensive and can have durability issues.
  • Olympic dumbbells: effectively a mini Olympic barbell – you can manually load plates on and off to change the weight. Cheap and a good space-saving option but can be time-consuming and annoying to change weight.

This will come down to personal preference, but I suggest going for hex dumbbells. Adjustable dumbbells are often expensive, and durability can be an issue. You can’t drop them, and the adjusting mechanism can be prone to break.

For the same price as a good pair of adjustable dumbbells, you can buy a few sizes of hex dumbbells, and never worry about them breaking. For example, a pair of 5kg, 10kg, 15kg, 20kg and 25kg hex dumbbells would not take up a huge amount of space and could effectively replace a 25kg adjustable dumbbell.

Check some of the Dumbbell workouts that we recommend: 

  • Dumbbell bench press: Lie on a flat bench with dumbbells in each hand, lower the weights towards your chest, then push them back up.
  • Dumbbell rows: Hold a dumbbell in one hand, hinge forward at the waist, then pull the weight up towards your torso.
  • Dumbbell bicep curls: Hold a dumbbell in each hand with palms facing up, then curl the weights towards your shoulders.
  • Dumbbell shoulder press: Hold a dumbbell in each hand at shoulder height, then push the weights overhead.
  • Dumbbell lunges: Hold a dumbbell in each hand, step forward with one leg, lower into a lunge, then push back up to standing.
  • Dumbbell squats: Hold a dumbbell in each hand, stand with feet hip-width apart, then lower into a squat, pushing back up to standing.
  • Dumbbell deadlifts: Hold a dumbbell in each hand, hinge forward at the hips, then stand back up, squeezing your glutes at the top.

These are just a few examples of the many dumbbell exercises you can do. You can create a full-body workout routine by selecting exercises that target different muscle groups and varying the number of sets and repetitions. As with any workout, be sure to warm up before starting and use proper form to prevent injury.