Dumbbells For Non-Dummies: 9 Next-Gen Free Weights

Menu Magnetic Dumbbells

Dumbbells For Non-Dummies: 9 Next-Gen Free Weights(images via: Panik Design and Dream Icons)

What’s on the menu? Magnetic dumbbells, of course! This sleek, slick, sick set of polished metal dumbbells from Panik Design sticks together when at rest (the dumbbells and/or you) forming an attractive sculpture worthy of display. Don’t just leave ’em laying around collecting dust, though, ’cause if you don’t use them regularly for their intended purpose your buff bod won’t be worthy of display.

SandBells

Dumbbells For Non-Dummies: 9 Next-Gen Free Weights(images via: Balance Blog and PR Web)

SandBells pack the best features of traditional dumbbells, medicine balls and kettlebells, then add the benefit of safety to an already very potent mix. The original neoprene SandBells from Hyperwear come in a range of sizes and can be filled and emptied with sand to meet the user’s desired weight or weights.

Dumbbells For Non-Dummies: 9 Next-Gen Free Weights(image via: Amazon.com)

“A lot of my female clients are a little intimidated by cast-iron weights, and worried that their children might get hurt with them,” states Austin fitness trainer Brook Benten (above). “A bag filled with sand seemed like a great alternative because you can even slam it on your foot and you won’t get hurt.” We suggest you take her word for it; don’t try this at home, kids.

Chanel Hand Weights

Dumbbells For Non-Dummies: 9 Next-Gen Free Weights(images via: Chanel.com)

Chanel hand Weights burst onto the scene in 2007 along with other semi-sporting “CC” items including footballs, racketball rackets and an inflatable Zodiac-style speedboat. Start small with the $760 per pair hand weights, though. Weighing 2.2 lbs (1kg) each, these stylish metal hand weights feature white quilted calfskin covers to protect the user’s delicate hands after that pricy manicure and nail art session.

Dumbbells For Non-Dummies: 9 Next-Gen Free Weights

Dumbbells For Non-Dummies: 9 Next-Gen Free Weights(image via: TBD)

If you think we’re taking weight-lifting lightly, we’re not – that would be counterproductive and there’s a lot to be said for the old “no pain, no gain” theory of bodybuilding and general good fitness. Sometimes some people need a little extra motivation besides the expectation of good results down the road, and adding some fun to functional free weights is a – dare we say – lighthearted way to get to that happy healthy place!