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Dumbbell Training

by Allen Hedrick

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I work out 4 or 5 times a week, and I love using dumbbells. This book does a great job of explaining some staple exercises. The extra material about goals, workout routines, and so on are also pretty detailed and right on. There could have been more variations of exercises--I'm thinking of the arm in in particular--and the "Common Errors" sections were repetitive to the point of being annoying, but this book is a good place for beginners to start. ( )
  JacobSeifert | Jul 8, 2015 |
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This is a pretty good guide to weight training using barbells. The exercises are well-laid out and easy to follow. The idea is to lay out an exercise program for yourself. I think the photographs could have been a little sharper, and the book needs an alphaabetical index to be able to find things more easily, when the book transcends from a read to a personal reference volume. I do like the listing of common errors in exercises, as many of us would not haveany intuitive knowledge about this. ( )
  vpfluke | Sep 18, 2014 |
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This book is a comprehensive introduction to using dumbbells in an exercise training regime. The author explains both the hows and whys of using dumbbells, and gives many examples for building an exercise program around the needs of the individual athlete (basketball players versus wrestlers, for example.) The only equipment required for most of the exercises is a set of dumbbells -- but some exercises also require an exercise bench. There are clear pictures and explanations on how to do each exercise, and they are laid out well with exercises that work different parts of the bosy in different chapters. The author is a sports coach and many of his examples are from the collegiate team perspective, but the information is useful to individuals looking to improve there own workouts as well.
  rsps | Jun 23, 2014 |
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In the book "Dumbbell Training" by Allen Hedrick he begins by going over a brief history of dumbbells and then goes on to describing the advantages of working out with dumbbells. The advantages, such as, low cost and a large range of uses makes dumbbell training seem like such an alluring form. In his book, Allen Hedrick shows us many different forms of workouts to pick from and even shows us how to put together a workout for ourselves. Workouts range from front raises, for the upper body; front squats for the lower body; and alternating press crunch for the core. The most expensive part of working out with dumbbells would be having to own the different weights, from five pounds to seventy pounds.
All in all I think that this is a pretty good book. I think that dumbbell training is definitely a good way to workout, but people should also keep their minds open for other types of workouts. Every type of workout has its advantages and disadvantages. The cost of the dumbbells could be annoying if you dont have a lot of money, but the physical aspects can be rewarding.
  enoch_elijah | Jun 12, 2014 |
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Dumbbell Training is a book about, well, training using dumbbells. It presents a large number of exercises, some modifications from barbell exercises and some specific to dumbbells. For each exercise, there is a detailed description of how to perform the movement as well as common errors. In the beginning and end of the book, the author presents routines and schedules for beginners, seasoned lifters, and specific sports.

The book is well written with many very useful photographs. The exercises are realistic. Having a list of common errors is a wonderful idea and one I have not seen in other weightlifting books.

My biggest complaint is the routines in the back are mostly for specific sports such as sprint cycling. Yes, there is a 1-week introduction routine and a general muscle-building routine, but I would have liked to see more routines for the general public, like me. Still, this is a valuable book to help someone (like me) get back into shape. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 145044458X, Paperback)

Maximum results with minimal equipment.

Dumbbells have always been a strength training staple because of their versatility, affordability, and effectiveness. With the enormous popularity of all-in-one, adjustable versions, dumbbells have solidified their standing as the must-have muscle building tools. Now comes the one authoritative guide to using dumbbells to achieve the results you want.

Developed by renowned strength and conditioning coach Allen Hedrick, Dumbbell Training features the most effective dumbbell exercises for increasing strength, power, and muscle mass. Targeting the core, upper body, lower body, and total body, the more than 81 exercises are accompanied by step-by-step instructions, common errors and corrections, and safety considerations. Expert insights, variations, and training tips further explain how to isolate muscles, increase range of motion, and stimulate stabilizing muscles to protect joints.

More than just exercises, Dumbbell Training includes workouts and programs proven to add muscle mass and definition and enhance sport performance. You’ll find 33 programs for increasing power, speed, agility, and balance for athletes in 11 popular sports: basketball, cycling, ice hockey, skiing, soccer, softball, speed skating, swimming, track, volleyball, and wrestling. It’s all here and ready to use.

At the gym, home, or on the road, Dumbbell Training is a targeted approach to improving strength, power, musculature, and performance. If you own dumbbells, this book is a must-own.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:08 -0400)

Maximum results with minimal equipment. Dumbbells have always been a strength training staple because of their versatility, affordability, and effectiveness. With the enormous popularity of all in one, adjustable versions, dumbbells have solidified their standing as the must have muscle building tools. Now comes the one authoritative guide to using dumbbells to achieve the results you want.… (more)

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