Dumbbell Workouts for Athletes
Dumbbell workouts can build muscular strength and joint stability to help athletes prepare for competitive sports. They provide a means of targeting specific joint actions and ranges of motion.
These free weights require the athlete to control the path of weights through the desired range of motion of an exercise. The necessity of controlling the weight offers advantages in developing strength in supporting muscles around joints.
There is also the potential for moving through a longer range of movement than when exercising with a bar because the athlete's body does not prohibit movement (e.g., bench press exercises).
can build strength-endurance and stability by working out with light to moderate weight loads. Athletes can effectively build
using higher weight loads and fewer repetitions.
Before designing a workout, consider how you expect these exercises to improve performance. Remember, too, that gaining strength or endurance alone is not the whole sport-specific picture. Many exercises are slow-paced and some are single-joint, isolation exercises. Always focus on how each exercise will improve sport movements and energy demands.
Examples of Dumbbell Workout Exercises
There are also several disadvantages. Excessively heavy weights can place undue stress on single joints and the surrounding connective tissue. Poor posture or improper lifting technique also make athletes vulnerable to injury.
For athletes who are able to work with lighter weights, increasing weight loads minimally (e.g., from 5 lbs. to 10 lbs.) is very significant. For such athletes, resistances that graduate in smaller increments is advisable.
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