What are 20-pound dumbbells?


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Twenty-pound dumbbells are hand weights used in weightlifting that weigh 20 pounds. Twenty-pound dumbbells are considered heavy for those starting out and are used primarily by men. Men typically start out working with 10-pound dumbbells, and women often start with 2-pound dumbbells.

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A user's strength level determines how many pounds they must use to create enough resistance to benefit from the dumbbell. Experts believe that if a user feels little or no fatigue after performing an exercise for 90 seconds, the weight is not providing enough resistance to build muscle. Intense repetitions during an exercise are also more beneficial than slow repetitions.

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