Can you build muscle with five pound weights?

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Jan 26, 2014 2:27pm
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26 Jan
26 Jan
Yes, any movement will cause micro tears in the muscle, as the muscle repairs and heals the muscle tissue is rebuilt. Adding 5 pounds will cause more micro tears and thus more muscle healing and building. The problem arises if you are looking to build muscle in large muscles like the glutes, chest, last, and legs. These large muscle groups are used to higher force loads as you perform daily activity and the corresponding micro tears to the muscle will be minimal and not much muscle development will be seen, unless you are doing thousands of 5 pound leg curls,...
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Jan 26, 2014 2:53pm
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Yes. I've been using five pound weights (and even some 2.5lb ones for certain movements) and I've definitely seen my definition and mass improve. If five pounds is easy, up the weight a tiny bit to continue seeing progress.

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Jan 26, 2014 3:44pm
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No. And i will explain.

A 5 pound dumbell wont be enough to test the big muscle groups. For those your own bodyweight would be a lot better resistance weight than a 5 pound dumble. And i believe the big musclegroups are the one you should focus on. A 5 pound dumble can probably be used to build muscle but it should be one of the tools in your arsenal.

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Jan 26, 2014 5:58pm
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I was told a woman shouldn't lift to much weights. I wouldn't want to be a big muscular woman. We just want definition. And a five pund weight is perfect for that.

26 Jan
I dont agree with this. Low resistancr doesnt mean creating good defination
26 Jan
I too agree, low weights does not mean definition, unless it is of high enough reps, but even with that the amount of time to do so would be a while. The whole"women shouldn't lift heavy weights because they will become too muscular and manish" is a myth. That look has been shown to be related to genetics or synthetic enhancements. You should lift a weight that you can handle safely and perform the exercise correctly, weather that be 5 to 500 pounds. Either way it should be based on your own personal goal of developing strength , power, hypertrophy...
26 Jan
Well I would want to go more than 10 pound dumbells. I do give right now and I got muscle and definition. It worked for me.
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