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A 32-year-old male asked:

I know neoprene is considered a toxic chemical, but is it toxic to use neoprene dumbells for a workout? if so, how is it toxic through using dumbells?

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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Not likely: Not likely to be enough absorption through your hands to be of any concern.
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Probably safe: Neoprene is usually used for stretchy materials like laptop sleeves & wetsuits. It can "outgas" toxic chemicals and when glued to other materials the glues are toxic too. Chemicals in neoprene can irritate skin. But once neoprene dumbells are a few months old, most of the toxic chemicals that might outgas from them have dissipated and there should be no significant hazard from using them.
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