Hex-dumbbells, what’s their purpose, are they better than regular dumbbells, are they worth buying? All questions that I will be answering in this article. Now ever since the pandemic, home gyms have been all the rage.
People, myself included, had to build these barebones, home gyms, in order to keep gaining. For a lot of us, dumbbells just simply weren’t on the itinerary, mainly due to price, and space concerns.
But for those lucky few of you who have the space, and money to fill out a dumbbell rack or 2, should you go for the classic round dumbbells or hex-dumbbells?
Well, I would have to say that hex-dumbbells are the way to go, in most situations.
Why Get Hex-Dumbbells?
Ok, so why should you get hex-dumbbells, I mean the round ones look way cooler(in my opinion), and the adjustable ones are cheaper(somewhat).
Well, the hex-dumbbells almost act as a middle ground between the 2. Not as cheap as the adjustable dumbbells, while not being as expensive as the round dumbbells.
Now there are 2 different types of hex-dumbbells, cast iron, and rubber-coated.
Cast iron is usually cheaper, but without the rubber protecting it, you’ll have to make an effort to maintain the dumbbell. While the rubber-coated dumbbells will cost you a little more, you won’t have to worry about the dumbbell chipping, or rusting.
If you have the extra money I would recommend getting rubber coated just because they’ll have a much better shelf life, compared to their iron counterparts.
Ok, let’s go over the reasons why you should buy hex-dumbbells.
Reason #1: The Unique Shape
Now hex-dumbbells, as the name suggests, are hexagon-shaped dumbbells. The hexagon-shaped ends keep the dumbbell still and stable while on the ground, which will stop the dumbbell from rolling, and moving.
Now, this is great for numerous reasons, mainly not having to chase after runaway dumbbells during your rest periods.
The hexagon shape also helps tremedosouly when performing the following exercises:
- Hex Press (pretty self-explanatory)
- Push-Ups Off Of Dumbbells
- Dumbbell Bench (any variation)
- Dumbbell Snatches
Now although I personally prefer my dumbbells to have rounded ends, mainly for their sleeker smoother appearance, I cannot deny the more versatile, and practical nature of the hex-dumbbells.
Reason #2: Affordability
Excluding adjustable dumbbells, hex-dumbbells are your most affordable dumbbell option, with the cast iron variation being the cheapest.
If you’re looking to build a good-sized home gym, but want to fill out your dumbbell racks without breaking the bank, CAP cast iron dumbbells will be your best option, however as I said before if you can, spend a little extra, and get the rubber-coated variant as they will last you much longer.
A CAP rubber-coated hex-dumbbell will cost you roughly $1.56(USD) per pound. For a 5-100 lb set of CAP rubber-coated hex-dumbbells, it would cost you $3,244.80 (plus tax, and shipping).
So it wouldn’t be cheap, but it’s cheap when compared to higher-tier dumbbells.
Reason #3: Aesthetics Purposes
Now, this may seem like a pointless reason to purchase hex-dumbbells(which it is, I ran out of ideas after 2), but, at least in my opinion, the look of your equipment should always be a factor when buying(if you have the cash).
Some of you may just prefer the look of hex-dumbbells, especially if you get the all-rubber-coated ones from REP Fitness, they go great with a blackout-style gym.
Or maybe you want your home gym to have an old-school look, which the CAP cast iron dumbbells would be perfect for. Either way, just pick whatever looks the best (if your bank account permits of course).
Where To Buy
I would recommend buying hex-dumbbells from either CAP or REP fitness. CAP will be cheaper, but REP fitness will be much higher quality, as their handles come fully knurled, and their rubber is low odour. If you can, buy from REP fitness, but if money is tight CAP is still a very solid option.
1) Are Hex Dumbbells Worth It?
If it’s within your budget, having a set or 2 of hex-dumbbells can improve your home gym experience drastically. You won’t have to worry about having to constantly change the weight, and adjust your dumbbells (like with adjustable dumbbells), and you don’t have to worry about your dumbbell rolling away from you once you finish your set.
2) Why Are Hex Dumbbells Better?
Hex-dumbbells do not roll, due to their hexagon design, and to some lifters, they just simply feel better to hold and use. You can also do certain exercises with hex-dumbbells that you can’t normally do with standard round-ended dumbbells.
3) What Is The Difference Between Hex And Normal Dumbbell?
A hex-dumbbell is shaped like a hexagon while a normal dumbbell is usually circular.
4) What Are Hex Dumbbells For?
Hex-dumbbells are used for the exact same purpose as regular dumbbells, to strength, and get huge! However, hex-dumbbells are slightly more versatile, as the hexagon shape allows you to do a wider range of exercises, compared to the standard dumbbell.
Hey guys, thanks for reading. I hope you found the article helpful, and informative. If you would like to read more fitness content such as this, I have a whole fitness encyclopedia worth of articles on this blog, that you can binge-read.
With that, I’m out, catch you in the next one :).
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