Dropping Dumbbells

Dropping Dumbbells

The growing popularity of Powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting and CrossFit has lead to a greater use and understanding of bumper plates. Most people understand now that if you load up a barbell it is not a good idea to just start dropping it from waist high. If you keep doing this, it is generally understood that your barbell will bend.

However there are still people out there that can not understand why dropping 40 plus kilo dumbbells will eventually lead to equipment failure.

From time to time, you might find yourself in a situation where you can’t control a dumbbell. If you have to dump it, do it wisely. Lower it as far you can go, just don’t throw it like you see in these hardcore bodybuilding videos you see these days. These videos make gym owners and equipment sellers like myself sick. I find it disrespectful to the gym owner and more importantly fellow gym members. You wreck the equipment and everyone else suffers.

Secondly, after seeing Lee Priest training hard and heavy with dumbbells, there is no need to drop them. He always has control, and never looks like dropping them. If he doesn’t need to drop them, who does? The reason he doesn’t drop them is because his form is perfect from the first to the last rep. Serial dumbbell droppers often do quater reps from start to finish. No wonder they have to drop them!

Here are the some great tips on how to handle heavy Ironmaster dumbbells without dropping them.

If you follow these simple rules you will not only make your gym equipment last longer, you will be less likely to injure yourself. Most injuries that occurr in the gym are from people trying to use a weight that is too heavy for them.

Plus if you really want to look hardcore, there is nothing more impressive that handling a decent weight from start to finish with text book form. You will have all the delusional quater reppers guessing how much you could really lift using their crap form!