Dumbbells are a staple in any home gym, providing an excellent workout for upper and lower body strength training. They can target specific muscles, making them more versatile than barbells or machines. With the ever-growing range of adjustable dumbbells available, you can easily access different weights and exercises in a single piece of equipment, making it perfect for sculpting your own personalized at-home fitness routine. However, when it comes to choosing the ideal dumbbell for your home gym, there are various features and materials to consider. This blog will compare RPU (rubberized polyurethane) and steel dumbbells and explore which we recommend.
Steel Dumbbells are typically made from treated steel or cast iron. The simple construction makes them easy to store. However, they are often noisy and damaging to surfaces. For example, steel may scratch or dent the flooring they are placed on. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of steel dumbbells.
Pros of Steel Dumbbells
- Versatility: Steel dumbbells can be used for various exercises and adjust to different weight levels, making them suitable for users of all levels.
- Cost-effective: They can be more initially cost-effective than other coated dumbbells or weight machines.
Cons of Steel Dumbbells
- Noise: Steel dumbbells can be noisy when dropped or during use, which may not be ideal for those who want to exercise at home without disturbing others.
- Slipperiness: Steel dumbbells can be slippery, especially when your hands are sweating, making them difficult to grip.
- Less Durable: Steel dumbbells are less durable and may be susceptible to rusting over time.
RPU (rubberized polyurethane) is an advanced co-polymer coating. This innovative coating fuses form and function for incredible improvements in the look and feel. RPU dumbbells offer various color options, long-lasting durability, and a molded grippy touch. Let’s explore some more of the pros and cons of RPU-coated dumbbells.
Pros of RPU Dumbbells
- Color Options: RPU dumbbells offer a fantastic array of color options that stay bright and vibrant longer than regular rubber.
- Comfort: RPU dumbbells have a softer and more comfortable grip, reducing the risk of injury or discomfort during use.
- Noise Reduction: RPU-coated dumbbells are much quieter than steel dumbbells, making them ideal for use in shared spaces or early morning/late-night workouts.
- Slip-Resistant: RPU-coated dumbbells have a non-slip surface, reducing the risk of accidents during use.
- Durability: RPU dumbbells are made rugged and robust enough to survive repeated drops unscathed yet soft enough to undamaged surrounding floors and furnishings.
- Odorless: RPU is odorless, avoiding strong smells typically associated with rubberized dumbbells.
Cons of Rubber Dumbbells
- Price: RPU dumbbells may be more expensive than steel dumbbells.
Which is Best For You: RPU or Steel Dumbbells?
Not all dumbbells are created equal. ZIVA USA has always prided itself on using the highest quality materials. We want to provide our customers with the best quality home fitness equipment and accessories on the market. That said, RPU-coated dumbbells are our preferred material, especially over steel.
RPU has numerous benefits over traditional steel alternatives, combining the best of both worlds in terms of durability, comfort, and style. RPU-coated dumbbells also offer unmatched durability that sustains heavy use, protects against wear and tear, and has comfortable ergonomic features that help avoid injury while exercising. Plus, they come in various sizes to progress along your fitness journey with you. If you want to add dumbbells to your home gym, ZIVA’s commercial-quality RPU hexagon dumbbells are available online and in stores.
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