Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells
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Dumbbells are a home gym necessity. Whether you want to build bulk or just tone up a little, a good set of dumbbells is critical. They are one of the most versatile pieces of home gym equipment because they work for any fitness level and can be used for multiple exercises. The right set will be expandable enough to keep you challenged even as you get stronger, and will be flexible enough for multiple family members to use.
In general, there are some things you should always look for in a set of dumbbells. You can choose fixed weight dumbbells or variable weight ones. Fixed weight dumbbells are mostly designed for people who want to tone up a little, or who have room for a large gym filled with weights of different sizes. A flexible set of weights is more versatile because it can grow with you as you gain strength and because it is easier for multiple users to gain benefit from.
Storage is also a consideration in dumbbells. If you have a room dedicated to being a home gym, it isn’t much of an issue. However, if your weights will sit out where they can be noticed, some sort of storage solution is a good idea. You will also want to consider your floors when you buy weights. Unless your floors are carpeted, you may want weights coated with vinyl or neoprene to protect the floors.
The Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells are a very versatile set of weights. They offer the advanced feature of a dial system, which turns this one set of weights into a set of 15. Because the dial system makes this weight set so flexible, it’s the only set of weights you’ll ever need, and you’ll never have to add extra plates or weight. It’s a great choice for the small workout area, because the set will take up very little space.
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Bowflex is one of the most highly recognized names in fitness equipment. They are a part of Nautilus, Inc. and are focused on providing home gym solutions that don’t take up a ton of space. Their products are generally high quality with good warranties. This particular set of weights comes with a two year warranty on parts and a five year warranty on the plates themselves.
This is a pricey set of weights, selling for around $400. However, they are designed to be versatile enough that you never need to buy dumbbells again. The only issue that users seem to have with the set is the quality of some of the parts. There are some plastic spindles holding the plates in place, which are thin and brittle and can break, particularly if the weight is dropped. The same users who complained about this problem, however, also reported that Bowflex will happily replace your broken spindles during the two year warranty period.
Most users report being extremely happy with the dials on this set of dumbbells. Adjusting dials is much faster than adding or removing plates. There were many users who reported using this set of weights for the P90X workout and loving them. During the P90X workout, you are required to change dumbbell weights frequently and quickly. P90X enthusiasts love this set because you can dial in a new weight so quickly.
Whenever you purchase a set of weights, it makes good sense to shop around, especially if you plan to buy online. This set of weights weighs over 120 pounds, which can cost a bundle to ship. The Bowflex website often offers free shipping, and some other retailers will do the same. In other words, if you shop around, you should be able to get this set of dumbbells shipped to you for free. Keep in mind that, if you want the stand, there is usually an extra charge, though we have seen specials from retailers including the stand along with the weights. If you have a bad back, buying the stand is wise since it keeps you from having to lift the dumbbells off the floor.
In addition to being happy with the flexibility and quick change capability of these weights, users also report being very happy with the aesthetic appeal of the weights. They are one of the more attractive sets of weights on the market, and users don’t mind setting them out where other people can see. The aesthetic value of weights can be really important to users whose equipment must be stored in a den, family room or other spot where they are visible to others.
You can definitely find less expensive dumbbells. You can even find less expensive adjustable dumbbells. So, if price is an issue, you should shop around before you purchase this set. However, if you are ok with the price; you’re almost certain to be happy with the product once you receive it.
Overall, this is a good set of weights. Though they are a bit pricey, they come from a well recognized fitness equipment company who is known for standing behind their product, and they are not any more expensive than other dial adjustable sets of weights from other well know manufacturers.
Users who have purchased this product are almost 100% consistent in reporting that they are happy they bought them. There are some issues with the durability of some of the plastic parts, but overall, users find them to be very convenient and a worthwhile addition to their home gyms.