Most people these days are quite familiar with the concept of a gym and lifting weights. In North America, there are gyms in almost every corner or block, especially if you are in a large city.
But did you know the ancient form of bodybuilding actually originates from India? That’s right! In 11th century, Indians had started to carve out stones, in the shape of dumbbells, specifically for continuous lifting to grow stronger and bigger.
The ideal shape that people were trying to achieve was known as the “Grecian Ideal”. In ancient Greece, athletes used to train for their sport by various different exercises and one of these included carrying a calf on their back until the calf had fully grown into a bull. This was a way to measure their progression in strength, but this also gave them progressive resistance to perform better at their sport, which varied per athlete.
This further influenced Indians to aim to achieve the “look” of the athlete and therefore dumbbells were born!
So the next time you go to the gym, and pick up a dumbbell, make sure you smile and “own it”, knowing that your roots are tied to weights!
Here is also a sample typical Dumbbell Workout for you to start carving out YOUR desired shape.
12 15 Reps and 4 sets
15 Reps and 4 Sets
Single Arm Back Row
12 Reps and 4 Sets
12-15 Reps and 4 Sets
Sumo Squats with Dumbbells
12 15 Reps and 4 Sets
12 15 Reps Per Leg and 3 Sets
Step ups with dumbells
15 Reps each leg and 3 Sets