PowerBlock Classic Adjustable 5-45 Pound Dumbbell Set
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Dumbbells or free weights are some of the most important pieces of fitness equipment for strength trainers. They can be used for straight lifting, but are also great as an accompaniment to a circuit training program or even a cardiovascular workout. Depending upon your fitness goals and other factors, there are different types of weights you might choose for use at home. Before you buy any weights, you need to consider the following factors:
• The number of users
• The number of concurrent users
• Fitness goals of each user
• Current fitness level of each user
With these items understood, it will be easier to narrow down the type of weights you want for your home gym, how many weights you need and how much you want to spend.
Consumers have a lot of choices in dumbbells, which come in two primary categories: fixed weight dumbbells, and adjustable weight dumbbells. Fixed weight dumbbells are great for people who are looking for one or two different weights in dumbbells for toning up, use in conjunction with cardiovascular workouts or any other activity that doesn’t have a goal of gradually increasing the amount of weight lifted.
For people who want to strength train to gain their maximum weight lifting ability, adjustable weight sets often make more sense. With adjustable weight sets, a sing set of dumbbell bars can carry many different weights, either by manually adding weight plates or by adjusting the weight plates through a dial. These “dial up” weight plates have become very popular because they are designed to make switching weight amounts quick and easy, because they give you a lot of different weights for a single price, and because they take up far less storage space than a set of traditional dumbbells.
This particular set of dumbbells, one of the PowerBlock Classic Adjustable sets, is one of the higher end sets of adjustable dumbbells. PowerBlock Fitness was founded in 1991 by Greg Olson and Carl Towley, both of whom had years of experience in the fitness equipment industry. They came up with the idea of the PowerBlock system as a way to avoid the storage problem that is inherent with traditional fixed weight systems. These weights are very odd looking, and will remind you somewhat of a weight stack from a big fitness machine you’d find at the gym.
Today, PowerBlock dumbbells are considered some of the best dumbbells you can buy. They give you all the advantages of working with free weights, but fit in a very small storage area. They are very well balanced, and made from very durable materials. In particular they are noted for how easily the weight selection mechanism works. You simply move a pin, much like you would on a large weight machine in a gym, to select that amount you’re lifting with the PowerBlock.
This particular set of PowerBlocks adjusts from 5 pounds to 45 pounds, in increments of five pounds, so this set replaces eighteen different free weights. The hand grips are padded to make lifting more comfortable.
This set of weights is not expandable, like some of PowerBlock’s other products. So, before you purchase, you’ll want to ensure that you’ll be happy at a maximum of 45 pounds for the set. Otherwise, you might want to go with one of their other products. The set comes with a 10 year manufacturer’s warranty, so once you’ve purchased it, you have a set you can use for many years to come.
Most users who have purchased this product report that they like it very much. It is particularly noted for its space saving design and for being a great set to use with P90X because it is easy to change weights quickly as you’re working out. The dimensions of the set are just 6” H x 6.75” W x 11.5” D.
The primary complaint that users had about the system was the difficulty inserting the pins correctly. Some people complained that the pin doesn’t always want to go in straight, which means that the weight you’re trying to grab may not be securely attached, which is a safety hazard. It is important to ensure that the pin is inserted properly, and not jammed into place, to avoid bending the pin.
This is definitely one of the more expensive sets of weights on the market. However, it offers the following advantages:
• Very compact storage
• 10 year warranty
• Great set for beginning to intermediate lifters
• Ability to change weights quickly for circuit training
This is a pretty heavy weight system, so if you buy online, be certain to look for a free shipping offer. PowerBlock products are also sold at many fitness stores so that you can pick one up at a local retailer, too.
It is recommended that you get a stand for these weights. If they are placed on the floor, you will spend a lot of time bending down to adjust pins, which will be hard to see from that angle. Getting them up off the floor will eliminate this problem.
PowerBlock makes weights like these in other sizes. If you’re a more experienced lifter, for example, you might prefer to start with a different set of weight levels, such as PowerBlock’s 5-90 pound adjustable set. Or, if you’re less experienced, PowerBlock also makes a set that starts at 2.5 pounds of weight and another that starts at 3 pounds. As we mentioned earlier, there are also PowerBlock sets that are expandable, which might be a better choice for the person who is working to add muscle mass and strength.
This is one of the most popular and most durable sets of adjustable weights on the market today. PowerBlock has done a great job of creating a weight set that is incredibly durable, versatile and functional and putting it all in a design that takes up a fraction of the space that the same functionality in free weights would require. All in all, though they are a bit pricey, they are a very good buy.