Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Single Dumbbell
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Pretty much every home gym is outfitted with dumbbells of some sort. They are one piece of workout equipment that everyone needs, regardless of whether you just want to tone a little or you want to build serious muscle mass.
Because these are such widely used pieces of fitness equipment, there are many dumbbells on the market of different types, prices and functions. You can find everything from light hand weights designed to be used with aerobic exercises to barbells for serious weight lifters. There are fixed weight sets and variable weight sets, too.
One of the most popular types of dumbbells is the single dumbbell that can be used at varying weight levels. These are very convenient because you can have one set of dumbbell bars that can be set at various weights by adding plates to the bars. Most sets require that you add the weights manually, but Bowflex has a line of products called “dialed” weights. With these products, you dial in the weight you want to lift, and the set adds the appropriate number of plates to the bar automatically. The primary downside to weights like this is that they are not convenient for families who have multiple users who want to work out together. Since there is really just one set of weights, two users cannot work out at the same time.
The Bowflex Select Tech is part of this dial up weight design. It is a single dumbbell that can be adjusted in weight from as little as 10 pounds, up to 90 pounds, in five pound increments. This design offers great flexibility for the weight lifter who needs different weights for different exercises or who wants to have one set of dumbbells that can grow with him as his weight lifting abilities increase.
Dialed weight sets are not for everyone, but those who can use the functionality they provide are very happy with them. It’s very easy to change out the amount of weight on the dumbbell, and storing them is a cinch. They take up far less space than if you had a set of dumbbells for each weight that the Bowflex delivers in a single unit.
This is a pricey dumbbell set. As you browse online for it, you’ll note that the price is around $300 for one dumbbell. So, to get a true set, you’re looking at spending double that amount. However, if you compare the price to a nice set of fixed weight dumbbells that includes every weight that this set can provide, it’s actually a very good value.
Users who have purchased this dumbbell set have reported that they are happy with the product. It is easy to store, easy to use and provides all the features you would expect from a high end weight set. It’s so versatile that it could likely be the only set of weights you’ll ever need, unless you plan to get into serious bodybuilding. For the person who just wants to lift in order to stay strong and in good shape, lifting up to 180 pounds with a set of dumbbells is likely enough to meet their fitness goals.
This set is made by Bowflex, one of the most highly respected names in the fitness industry. Bowflex is owned by Nautilus, Inc, and is known for providing home fitness equipment that takes up little space and is of high quality. This particular dumbbell comes with a two year warranty on parts, a five year warranty on plates and a one year warranty on labor.
The only issue that a few users have with the set is the quality of some of the plastic spindles that hold the plates in place, which are thin and brittle and can break, particularly if the weight is dropped.
Most users report being extremely happy with the dials on this set of dumbbells. Adjusting dials is much faster than adding or removing plates and there’s much less of a risk of plates dropping and damaging the floor, or, worse, your foot. There were some complaints about the length of the bar on these weights however. They are about six inches longer than most dumbbells, so they can be cumbersome during some exercises. Still, the vast majority of people who bought these weights report that they are happy that they made the purchase.
Whenever you purchase a set of weights, it’s a good idea to shop around, especially if you plan to buy online. This set of weights weighs over 100 pounds, which can make shipping expensive. The Bowflex website often offers free shipping, and some other retailers will also ship such items for free. With some time and attention, you should be able to find these dumbbells without having to pay for shipping; which can save you a bundle. You may also want to consider purchasing the stand for these weights, which you may be able to find included in the price, or you may have to pay for separately. If you have a bad back, buying the stand is wise since it keeps you from having to lift the dumbbells off the floor.
While this isn’t the cheapest set of weights you can find, it is definitely one of the most attractive. If your home gym is located in a visible area of your home, you might want to consider these weights since they’ll look quite nice sitting out in your living room or home office.
This is definitely a weight set you should consider, particularly if you know that you’re going to need quite a few weights over time. While it seems expensive, it really is a very good value for the wide range of weights you can lift with a single set. It has a very good warranty and is manufactured by a trusted name in the fitness business. When you’re ready to set up your home gym; this dial up weight set from Bowflex is definitely one you’ll want to consider.