muchluv wrote:When I grow up I want to be Gelert.
thestoatyone wrote:First up, it looks like you've got your head right seeing this as a long term thing. It'll take a while, a year sounds like a sensible point to review where you've got too. Secondly a set that includes a barbell'll do you more good given your stated goals. Go for the heavy barbell set and do some cleans, front squats bent over rows and strict press. Throw in some press ups and some other stuff with the dumbbells as pudding and that should give you plenty to be getting on with.
baldy wrote:Why not join a gym? Ultimately I reckon to get strong you will need to get a barbell, so you can squat and deadlift.
Plus training in a gym can be cool.
Of the weights you listed, the metal dumb bells I reckon are the best. Have you thought about buy a kettlebell instead though?
Can think of a lot more (and fun) workouts that you can do with a kettlebell rather than a DB.
powerlifer wrote:Remember about bodyweight exercises also, you can alter the leverage and many become a solid exercise for increasing strength.
Such as one legged squats, one arm pushups. Then you've got proper dips, pull/chin ups, adding weight in a backpack etc.
Sandbags are a good training tool also if you find your running out of weight with the dumbells.
You'll want to focus mainly on compound exercises for increasing mass and strength, although eating an excess of calories is essential also.
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