Do you even lift? Should you lift? How do you lift? And what do all these weights do? Don’t worry, Trojan fam. We all start somewhere, and we’re here to give you a crash course on the different types of weights you’ll encounter in the fitness space. We’ve got you.
When it comes to strength training, weights are your best friends. They come in all shapes and sizes, each with its own benefits and uses, and generally don’t come with a manual, so it can be somewhat confusing. If you’re new to the fitness game and wondering which weights to incorporate into your routine, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we’ll break down the different types of weights and help you understand their unique advantages. And hey, by the end, we think you might just find yourself gravitating towards the Trojan Health and Fitness range of exercise equipment. We know we sure would…
Ah, the classic dumbbells! Precisely what you’re thinking of when you picture “handheld weights” in your mind’s eye. These portable wonders are a staple in any fitness enthusiast’s arsenal. With their versatility and ease of use, dumbbells are perfect for beginners and seasoned pros alike.
You can use them to target specific muscle groups or engage your entire body for a full-body workout. Plus, they’re incredibly convenient for home workouts or when you’re short on space and come in a wide variety of weights to suit all strength levels.
So, what can you do with dumbbells? Well, the possibilities are endless. From bicep curls to shoulder presses, lunges to squats, dumbbells have got you covered. They provide the resistance needed to build strength and tone those muscles. To check out Trojan’s full range of dumbbells, visit this page!
Now, let’s talk about the big guns to craft those big guns – barbells. These long, sturdy bars are what you’ll find in any serious weightlifting gym. These are probably Rocky Balboa’s favourite types of weights. While they may seem intimidating at first, they offer tremendous benefits and workout scalability.
Barbells allow you to gradually lift heavier and heavier weights, making them perfect for building strength and power over time. They engage multiple muscle groups simultaneously, giving you a bang for your buck, especially if you’ve absolutely perfected your form.
With barbells, compound movements steal the show. Exercises like squats, deadlifts, and bench presses become your new best friends, even if you sometimes want to say four-letter words at them mid-session. These compound movements work multiple muscles at once, helping you develop functional strength and improve overall athleticism. If you’re ready to take your strength training to the next level, incorporating barbell exercises into your routine is a must. Your barbells from Trojan will even scale up as you do because you can add and subtract weight plates as needed. Check out the full range here.
Prepare to swing into action with kettlebells! These cannonball-shaped weights with handles offer a unique and dynamic workout experience, which many people consider to be the most fun type of weight training. Kettlebells are known for their ability to improve functional fitness, core strength, and cardiovascular endurance, which is uniquely useful if you’re going for an all-around fitness feeling. If you’re looking to add some excitement and variety to your routine, kettlebells are the way to go.
So, what can you do with kettlebells? More than you might think. From kettlebell swings to Turkish get-ups, and snatches to windmills, the exercises you can perform with this equipment are challenging and engaging. Kettlebells require stability and control, making your muscles work hard to maintain proper form, and increasing your baseline level of body awareness significantly along the way. Trust us, a little kettlebell action can go a long way in boosting your overall fitness level. See our range of kettlebells here.
If you’ve ever been to a gym, you’ve probably seen rows of weight machines waiting for you to conquer them. What if we told you that with Trojan, you could have those in your home, too? Weight machines are great for beginners as they provide stability and guide your movements, which are especially useful if you don’t plan on hiring a professional coach. They target specific muscle groups, making them ideal for isolating and strengthening individual areas of your body, which is really useful if you’re looking to reach particularly specific goals.
Whether you want to work on your legs, chest, back, or arms, weight machines have got your back (and chest… and arms….). Leg presses, chest presses, lat pulldowns, and bicep curls are just a few examples of exercises you can do with weight machines.
They offer a controlled and safe environment to focus on building strength in specific muscle groups. Trojan’s range of weight machines are compact enough to fit into your home, yet versatile enough to be effective in sculpting your whole body. You can see them here.
Last but certainly not least, we have versatile resistance bands, your “go anywhere weight.” These stretchy wonders might seem unassuming, but they pack a punch when it comes to muscle activation and rehabilitation. Resistance bands are lightweight, portable and perfect for those who want to add resistance to their workouts without the need for bulky equipment, or those with limited space in their home gyms who want to add variety with space constraints.
With resistance bands, you can engage your entire body in a low-impact and joint-friendly manner. From bicep curls to squats, lateral walks to shoulder presses, the options are endless. They are particularly useful for toning muscles, improving mobility, and aiding in injury recovery – and they’ll fit neatly into a handbag, too! If you’re a beginner or looking for a change of pace, resistance bands are a fantastic addition to your fitness routine. See our range of resistance bands here.
Don’t wait – start weights!
Now that you’re (powerfully) armed with knowledge about the different types of weights, it’s time to choose the right ones for your fitness goals. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned fitness enthusiast, incorporating a variety of weights into your routine can help you achieve the results you desire. And this guide should point you in the direction of the right weights to get started with on your mission to maximise your strength. So, where better to find a wide range of high-quality exercise equipment than Trojan Health and Fitness? Our extensive selection of dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, weight machines, and resistance bands will cater to all your fitness needs.
Don’t be afraid to mix it up and customise your workout routine with different types of weights. Remember, progress takes time, but with dedication, consistency, and the right equipment, you’ll be well on your way to reaching your fitness goals. Let Trojan Health and Fitness be your partner in this exciting journey towards a stronger, healthier you. Simply shop our catalogue at a Game or Makro near you and unleash your full potential!