Tips to Select the Appropriate Weight

“How does the weight I’m lifting translate for different equipment and exercises?”  For example barbells, dumbbells and cables?”

Hi Richard –
Great Question!  Thanks for sending it in!  Next time you workout use these tips to determine your weight!

  1. A good rule of thumb is to double the weight of your dumbbells when switching to a barbell. For example:
    Dumbbell Chest Press – 60 pounds
    Barbell Chest Press – 120 pounds
  2. When working with stability devices it is a good idea to slightly lower your normal weight, at least for the first couple of times.
  3. Unfortunately cables are a little trickier because of the various pulley systems. When working on one cable machine double the weight of a single handle exercise when using a bar or rope.
  4. Up your weight when you can comfortably complete 2 extra reps in your final set.

Be Fit. Be Healthy. Be Happy.