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    How to get adj. dumbbells with "pointy" ends up for presses without bruising thighs

    I just built an in-home gym.

    I have a set of 1" adjustable dumbbells with spiral collars that can hold up to 80lbs. (EDIT: can hold 4 plates, so in theory could get some 15lbs & make it 120lbs)

    Quickly realized that I cannot rest the dumbbells on my thigh and propel them up for shoulder/incline presses as the ends dig in to my thighs. It is not a flat/flush surface like the pro-style dumbbells at the gym but rather the exposed 1" threaded rod. Left big bruising from my last session.

    Any simple solutions to remedy this? Only idea I had is finding some large knee pads that could perhaps fit on my lower thighs? Does any company make some type of rubber cap to fit on the end? Probably only 1/2" of threaded rod is exposed?
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    I have been just fine resting the flat plate on my thigh.

    Maybe switching to a 25lb plate will allow more flat area to rest on your thigh?
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    I played around with positioning last night. It's a little unstable trying to rest a 10lb plate on the edges while a 25lb plate (which I don't have), would be too big and awkward.

    I can't post a link since I don't have enough posts, but on youtube I found a clip called "How to modify your adjustable dumbbells and save $$$" and he welded a 2.5lb plate to the star spin collars and then rests that 2.5lb on his thighs. Pretty novel idea. I don't have welding capabilities, but perhaps I could find someone and maybe this is a good option.
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    Consider purchasing a thick wrap of some sort and wrapping your thighs with it while lifting so dissipate the force and lessen the impact on your skin.
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    Originally Posted by VTLifts View Post
    I played around with positioning last night. It's a little unstable trying to rest a 10lb plate on the edges while a 25lb plate (which I don't have), would be too big and awkward.
    The 25lb plates are not as awkward as you think. In fact, it makes it easy and comfortable to rest on your thighs. I would seriously consider getting some.
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    My cousin has this technique where he swings the dumbbells up into starting position. So his arms hang straight, and with momentum flings em up.
    This removes putting them on your legs. But it requires technique.
    It also becomes near impossible once you go over 80s.
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    just get some thick padding for your thighs
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    Originally Posted by VTLifts View Post
    I just built an in-home gym.

    I have a set of 1" adjustable dumbbells with spiral collars that can hold up to 80lbs. (EDIT: can hold 4 plates, so in theory could get some 15lbs & make it 120lbs)

    Quickly realized that I cannot rest the dumbbells on my thigh and propel them up for shoulder/incline presses as the ends dig in to my thighs. It is not a flat/flush surface like the pro-style dumbbells at the gym but rather the exposed 1" threaded rod. Left big bruising from my last session.

    Any simple solutions to remedy this? Only idea I had is finding some large knee pads that could perhaps fit on my lower thighs? Does any company make some type of rubber cap to fit on the end? Probably only 1/2" of threaded rod is exposed?
    This is a common problem. There's been threads about it on the EQUIPMENT forum. PowerBlock user here and I don't remember what the suggestions/solutions were.
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    As mentioned you'll have to put part of the plate on your quad and kick up from there.
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    Thick neoprene knee sleeves with knee wraps on top of that should do the trick.
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