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I am late 20s, by nature skinny girl, who started lifting around 9 months ago. Due to medical reasons I had to stop for 4 months but would like to resume now. I am not a member of any gym now and the only one I'd join is my uni gym (20 min bus ride away). Going to the gym is time-consuming and of course costs money. I have two options. I can order additional weights for my dumbbells for around 30 quid (a month's membership in the gym) that will last me a while, but that means that I can only do dumbbells at home (plus there's a Fitness ball), no barbell, so I can't deadlift for instance. Is it a good idea for me to stick to home training with dumbbells only? Is there a good regime that anyone would recommend that does without a barbell and a bench?

many thanks in advance!
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I'm by no means an expert, but I've just bought the book;

"Strength Training Anatomy Workout" (NOT "Strength Training Anatomy" - get the workout one) by Delavier and Gundill.

It's specifically designed for working at home with dumbells, and looks fantastically useful. It gives you a complete guide to writing your own programme, and advice on diet etc. As I say, I haven't tried it yet, but it may be worth a look, particularly since you already lift, so you know what form to use etc.
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How will you squat
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(Original post by epicnerd)
How will you squat
http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercise...ale/m/85_2.jpg
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It's better than nothing but a gym membership (at a gym with a cage, bars and lots of plates) would serve you much better in both short and long term.
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Very quickly you won't be able to hold onto dumbbells heavy enough.
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The gym is just about the extra equitment which i couldn't afford, it's more about the knowledge that when I walk in there I'm concentrating on nothing except the workout, no distractions. In spite of trying I've never managed to get that in my house.
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(Original post by HenryD)
The gym is just about the extra equitment which i couldn't afford, it's more about the knowledge that when I walk in there I'm concentrating on nothing except the workout, no distractions. In spite of trying I've never managed to get that in my house.
this is not something that was ever a problem for me. if anything others may be more distracting in the gym. at home, there s just me and the weights.
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Very quickly you won't be able to hold onto dumbbells heavy enough.
yes that could be right.
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Depending on how heavy dumbbells you buy, you can still do goblet squats, dumbbell dead lifts/straight legged deadlifts, squats with them resting on your shoulder, bulgarian split squats etc.
Goblet squats I find are great because it doesn't require all that grip strength as you do with squats while holding them at your sides, as you hold it vertically with both hands. Deep g. squats with a heavy dumbbell is great!
Search for variations of squats with dumbbells on youtube for inspiration. x
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