Dumbbells, barbells or bodyweight?

And so we’re in our first full week of March…

With it, another month to strength train like we mean it.

Just like any bartender in a saloon in the old west, what’s your poison?

We typically mix in each of the following three into our programming:

1. Dumbbell Training
2. Bodyweight Training
3. Barbell Training

Each has advantages and disadvantages, so we do our best to take advantage of the pros of each.

For example, dumbbell training is a great way to fix strength imbalances.

If you’re doing a bench press with a barbell, your dominant side can over-compensate.

With a dumbbell in each hand, it’s impossible.

So, the question you should be asking yourself is, “What’s the best workout program for me?”

Realistically, it’s the one you will ACTUALLY do.

I prefer dumbbells, so that’s what I do.

I have friends who prefer the convenience of bodyweight training they can do it anywhere.

Others love loading up the barbells.

Can motivate yourself to work out at home?

Sometimes you flop on the couch.

And it’s hard to get back up.

If that’s the case, you may be better off joining a gym.

Regardless of the style of strength training you prefer, there are two things that each program needs:

1.Begin with a “total body” routine 2-3 times per week, with a rest day between each workout.

By “total body”, I mean that you are working arms, shoulders, chest, back, legs in each workout. As opposed to having an “arm day” or “leg day”.

You’ll be much better served with that strategy when you’re strapped for time and/or have an erratic schedule.

2. Take advantage of compound movements – a compound movement is an exercise that recruits a lot of muscles simultaneously.

A squat is a great compound movement (definitely a first-ballot Hall of Fame exercise).

It uses every muscle in your core, butt and legs to lift the weight.

Why do 5 exercises when 1 will get you better results in 20% of the time?

Again, the best program for you is the one you’ll actually do.

So let’s get to it!


PS – If bodyweight exercises are your jam, then check out the Golf Body Blueprint – Anywhere program in the 18STRONG Membership.

If weights are your jam, then there are plenty of options for that too.

As always, if you need help choosing the right one for you, just reach out.

You can check out all of the programs here.