It all started with a single vintage iron dumbbell. It’s hard to believe a world without dumbbells. Almost like a world without Starbucks. Both have established themselves on almost every street corner. Craving a hot cup of coffee or skim Latte. You don’t have to look far for a Starbucks. The same holds true for a gym. You can find a fitness center or two in every town. And in every gym you’re guaranteed to find a set of dumbbells. In fact, there will be more than one set. Single dumbbells will range in weight from a mere two pounds all the way up to one hundred and ten pounds. As for me, I’ll stick with the twenty five pound dumbbells.
Single Vintage Iron Dumbbell
Like everything else, vintage dumbbells also have a history. In their most basic form they originated in ancient Greece and were called halteres. They were usually large and made of stone with a hole in the center to hold them. But dumbbells didn’t gain real popularity until 1864 when John Blundell wrote the book, The Muscles and Their Story. This book catapulted the dumbbell into mainstream America and launched a host of new exercises created by fitness enthusiasts everywhere. There’s now a multitude of different exercises that can be performed with the dumbbell. It’s a versatile piece of equipment that can be used to train almost every part of the body. The more common ones include bicep curls, hammer curls, preacher curls, tricep extensions, flat and incline chess presses, seated shoulder presses, reverse flies, upright rows, shrugs, half squats, seated calf raises and lunges. Wow, those dumbbells aren’t so dumb after all.