PowerBlock SportBlock 24 Adjustable 3 to 24-Pounds per Dumbbell Set
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One of the most popular choices in fitness routines today are circuit training workouts like P90X. These routines are so effective because they help people drop excess fat and gain muscle quickly. Because these fitness routines have become so popular, they have also increased the popularity of adjustable weight sets. In circuit training routines like P90X, you will use several different weights, depending upon the exercise you’re performing, so a set of adjustable weights that can be changed out quickly is very helpful, and keeps you from lagging behind in the pace of the workout.
The Sportblock 24 weights are made by PowerBlock. 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. They are designed to make it quick and easy to change weights. They look a little odd, like a weight stack on a weight machine at the gym, but this look is what makes them take up so little space. The dimensions of this set are 10.5 x 5 x 5 inches. The weights are adjusted by a pin mechanism, just like a weight stack at the gym.
This particular set of PowerBlocks is one of their lighter sets, so it’s not for the intermediate weight lifter, but is perfect for circuit training or for those who are just beginning a weight lifting program. 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 24 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.
This set of PowerBlocks offer you weights from 3-24 pounds, in 3 pound increments, replacing 8 pair of regular dumbbells. It is not only compact to store but compact for lifting. The weights are not cumbersome and they are extremely well balanced, which makes it easier for you to use proper form when lifting. They seem to be one of the very best sets for beginners because of this. The compact size and good balance also make them a good set of weights for women. The lighter 3 and 6 pounds weights would make a great accompaniment to an aerobic dance workout or for taking with you on a brisk walk.
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 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.
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. 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.
These weights are more affordably priced than some of PowerBlock’s other sets, at around $180.00. However, they are still one of the higher priced adjustable weight sets on the market for this weight range. But, they are made from very durable materials, and with a 10 year warranty, you can be sure that PowerBlock stands behind the product.
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.
Overall, this is a very good set of weights. The particular advantages include:
• Very compact storage
• 10 year warranty
• Ability to change weights quickly for circuit training
• Great set for beginners
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. The PowerBlock set of weights now seem to be the standard that other adjustable weight sets are measured against.
All in all, though these weights are a bit pricey, they are a very good buy for anyone who plans to use them for a long time to come. This is a product that we would definitely recommend if you’re interested in circuit training or if you’re starting a beginning weight lifting program, because they will help you keep proper form. They are also one of our highest recommended products for those starting a home gym in a very small space. This is a purchase you’re very likely to be happy that you made.