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Monday, March 17, 2008

Bowflex Selecttech Adjustable Dumbbell Set Review 552

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Bowflex Selecttech 552 Dumbbells Rating: 5 stars out of 5 stars for being amazingly simple, cheap, and saving space
Price: $274
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I was in Sears this weekend checking out Porform and Nordic Track treadmills and ellipticals when I spotted the Bowflex Selecttech Dumbbell. I have used the Bowflex Selecttech dumbbells before and think it’s high time I write up a proper review.

If you’ve ever used a dumbbell set you’ll know it can get messy. No sooner do you have the dumbbells stacked on the rack than you are asking yourself “Who decided to lose just one of the 25’s?” Let’s face it, keeping a proper set of dumbbells is messy, eats up lots of space, and expensive. Then Dumbbellius, god of Dumbbells decided to bestow upon mankind the adjustable dumbbell. The first adjustable dumbbells rarely locked in to place without a fight and felt very loose, like lifting Olympic weights without ties. Since then, designs have improved.

The Bowflex Selecttech does not suffer from what I call “lock fatigue” or a tendency to lose the ability to lock in to place after being used. Adjusting the turn knob can be a little awkward at first but most people get the rhythm down in a couple uses.

Another problem typically encountered by users of adjustable dumbbells is shaking and rattling. Yes, just like treadmills and ellipticals, poorly designed adjustable dumbbells can begin to shake and rattle when they’re being used. I hate rattling because it distracts me from my workout, indicates they will fly off and break something, and is a tell tale sign of bad fitness equipment. I stay far away from just about any fitness equipment that rattles.

A huge advantage to owning the Bowflex Selecttech Dumbbell Set is being able to adjust your dumbbell workout in 2.5 lb. increments and lift with up to 52.5 lbs. If you want to do the same thing with conventional dumbbells be prepared to pay far out the butt for it and have the zoning permit to build a 50,000 square foot exercise room. Well, you probably wouldn’t need that much space but I’m sure you get the picture. It’s going to take a lot of dumbbells to match the weight options of the Bowflex Selecttech Adjustable dumbbell.

The Bowflex Selecttech 552 Adjustable Dumbbell set comes in at just under $375 and does a remarkable job justifying the price tag. If you’re looking for a really good dumbbell set without wasting tons of cash or taking up a whole lot of space, the Bowflex Selecttech Dumbbells are one of your best options.

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