JLL’S Guide to Home Weight Options and Best Practices

It’s a jungle out there. There are hundreds of different options when it comes to home gym weights. How on earth is the average consumer or newbie lifter meant to decide what’s right for them just from a picture on a screen? Well, that’s where we come in and you just need to ask yourself one question? Are you eager to elevate your workout game right from the comfort of your living room? If so, keep reading and let’s dive into the world of home weights and how you can maximize their potential for a solid workout routine. Get ready to sweat, strengthen, and seize those gains with JLL FITNESS.

Kettlebell home workout routine

Understanding Your Home Gym Weight Choices

First things first, let’s break down the different types of weights you can add into your home gym. At JLL FITNESS, we’re all about providing options that cater to your fitness pursuits whatever level you’re currently at.


  1. PU Dumbbells: These are a staple for most public gyms and for a good reason. PU dumbbells offer a range of weights, making them suitable for beginners and experienced gym enthusiasts alike. They are also incredibly durable and long lasting.


  1. Hex Dumbbells: Featuring their hexagonal design, these dumbbells won’t roll away during your workout. They’re ideal for exercises like curls, presses, and more.


  1. Kettlebells: These unique weights resemble cannonballs with handles attached. Kettlebells are fantastic for dynamic full-body workouts that engage multiple muscle groups at once for the ultimate calorie burn and conditioning.


  1. Neoprene Dumbbells: Known for their vibrant appearance and comfortable grip, neoprene dumbbells are great for circuit training and high-volume training styles. Add some colour to your home gym!


  1. Olympic Weights and Barbell: Barbells and Olympic plates are the perfect combo to perform compound exercises right from your home. Perhaps more suited to the garden due to the load that will be placed onto your floorboards when dropped. Perfect for those with garages and allocated rooms for their home gyms.


  1. Cast Iron Dumbbell/Barbell Set: Possibly the most versatile of all the home weights, giving you the functionality of a straight bar as well as dumbbells. You can perform isolation movements with the pair of dumbbells or opt for a more stable movement with the barbell. If your ankle mobility doesn’t allow for overhead squats you can try goblet squats with just the dumbbells.


Male lifting hexagonal dumbbells from home  

Unlocking the Potential of Your Weights

Now that you are well informed about the options available to you in the marketplace, let’s explore how you can put them to effective use. It’s not just about lifting—these weights are your tools for a well-rounded workout routine:


PU Dumbbells: The good ol’ faithful and a staple of every gym. Use them for exercises like bicep curls, shoulder presses, lunges, and more. The benefits of using PU dumbbells is the ability to perform exercises unilaterally. This means each arm is working independently of the other, unlike with a barbell. They’re your go-to for targeting specific muscle groups.


Hex Dumbbells: These dumbbells shine in foundational exercises like dumbbell rows, goblet squats, and shoulder presses. They provide stability and control for a range of movements. Similar to the PU dumbbells above, hex’s are great for unilateral movements.


Kettlebells: Embrace the kettlebell power with exercises such as swings, squats, and Clean n Jerks. They promote functional strength and cardiovascular fitness. If you want explosive routines to task your body and burn calories, then kettlebells will get you there.


Neoprene Dumbbells: Adding a touch of style, neoprene dumbbells are excellent for HIIT routines. Incorporate lateral raises, leg lifts, and wrist curls to enhance muscle definition or follow along to one of our Neoprene dumbbell workouts on Instagram.


There you have it. A comprehensive guide to weight options and how to maximize their potential within your workout routine, right from your home.

Now, go ahead and embrace these weights as tools that support your fitness journey and get stuck in! Remember, it’s about progress, perseverance, and the satisfaction of pushing yourself to new limits. With your determination and our equipment, you’re well on your way to achieving your fitness goals. Stay focused, stay strong, and keep pushing!


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Theo Lawrence

Digital Marketing at JLL Fitness

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