Many people are unaware that the dumbbell or dumbbell-like-objects can be dated back as far as the fifth century where they were implemented by the Greeks during athletic competition. The Greeks – who referred to these objects as halteres – found these objects to have a significant impact on their strength and physique development. It was in the middle 18th century that the dumbbell started to become more popular in its effectiveness for improving strength and fitness1.
Since that time, barbells, machines, high-tech equipment, gadgets and the like have flooded the fitness market and still, the venerable dumbbell remains as one of the more important modalities today. Its lasting power to improve strength and fitness is evident and will continue to do so – as long as it’s implemented safely and consistently. If you find yourself reading this, it’s a sure sign that you’re on the right track for improving your strength and fitness . . . and the mighty dumbbell is a fantastic tool for doing just that.
As we present Continuing Dumbbell Training for Strength and Fitness, we’d like to point out that this book is a supplement to our original 2006 release, Dumbbell Training for Strength and Fitness, which has sold well more than 25,000 copies worldwide and is available in both print and digital fashion. To commemorate our first decade in print, we expanded upon the 48 clearly explained exercises (with photos and training tips) and the 48 unique workouts that are in the parent book, continuing to explore the vast depth of dumbbell training by picking up where it left off. In this new e-book, we’ve included additional exercises along with 25 brand-new workouts from strength and fitness professionals around the globe. With clear, concise descriptions and training tips for performing these exercises and workouts, you’ll be hard pressed to lose interest in your training. With the addition of these new workouts and when combined with the main book, you’ll have a menu of almost 55 exercises from which to choose and nearly 75 unique workouts that focus on dumbbell training for strength and fitness. – Matt Bryzcki & Fred Fornicola