The Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell offers a full set of dumbbells weights in a compact, space saving design for a compact, $ saving price. The 552 model includes two dumbbells with a weight range from 5 lbs to 52.5 lbs in 15 separate increments. The metal plates are coated in a thermo-plastic rubber material to protect flooring from scratches and to cushion the plates. If you're looking for your Bowflex body the SelectTech weights are going to help you get it.Stand sold separately
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- Bowflex dumbbells provide a weight range from 5 lbs to 52.5 lbs in 15 separate increments.
- Each weight plate is over-molded in a thermo-plastic rubber material to protect flooring from scratches and to to avoid any clanking noise.
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So I used to own the Power Blocks... But I sprained my wrist using it for Bench pressing, When I was setting it down after my set My wrist got caught in the block and walla sprained wrist.. So I was a little hesitant to buy another select your wt. Dumbell but I did it as I wanted to save money with not buying a whole stack of wts..So I bought the 5-52's and I Love them. I have got back into my work schedule and I have lost % 10 body fat.. And yes my wrist loves them too...
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- SO quick to dial, very easy to keep up with Tony (p90x).
I used the 552 dumbells with my P90X workout and I have to say they made life a heck of a lot easier. It couldn't be easier to select the appropriate weight with these things, and with limited time between excersizes, these were golden. The construction is sturdy; not once did I feel any uneasiness in using them. Even moves where the dumbells were lifted quickly and brought back down didn't cause any issues with the locking mechanism of the dumbells. The only slight issue is the overall length of the dumbells. The width is manageable but the length can cause a few issues in maybe 5% of the excersizes performed. An example of this is doing concentration curls with both arms simultaneously. I ended up having to alternate to get around the length of the dumbell. All in all it is quite easy to work around this small issue and it doesn't impact the 5 star rating for me especially considering that having used the block alternative as well, the bowflex ones caused a lot less issues during excersize movements.
I used these without the stand, if you do as well make sure you lift with your legs and not your back. If you have a bad back, or just want to be safe, you may want to go with the stand. (Though theres nothing wrong with a little extra leg work with the proper form ;) ) In summary, if your doing P90X, or any other home workout routine that requires you to switch weights quickly, this is the dumbell for you. Also if your going for P90X know that the 552 version covered the weight I needed for every single excersize (I'm 5'11' and 195 lean muscle). I may have been able to go heavier on a few excersizes but the sheer intensity of this workout would have limited my reps significantly. Hope this helps
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- Was torn between powerblock and bowflex but the new 2009 model is so much better
I was torn between these and the PowerBlock dumbells I kept reading about. I had a chance to check out the 2008 and prior model Bowflex Select Tech's at Dicks Sporting Goods, and I remember thinking about how easy it was to spin the dials to adjust the weights.
My only concern and hesitation was that a few reveiws mentioned the possibility of the weights rattling and people were worried they could fall off? I had not heard this before, so I researched it more and although the PowerBlock dumbells had gotten good reviews, I simply could not get past how ugly they were, and the fact that they used a magnetic pin to hold the weights in.
I decided to spend the few extra dollars on these 2009 model Select Techs (assuming any prior issues they may have had were corrected) and boy am I glad I did, they are AWESOME! The dials, in my opinion, are ten times easier than the magnetic pins of PowerBlocks, and these Bowflex dumbells look ten times more fashionable (our gym equipment is on our loft, so yes my wife and I have a style standard). These dumbells are about 15 inches long, but neither of us have any issues with their size (I think the PowerBlocks were only a 3 inch difference anyways).
We are 100% happier we bought these, and we bought the stand from Flaman to go with them also (it is better for your back if you lift dumbells from a standing position instead of from a squatting one). I hope you enjoy your SelectTechs as much as we enjoy ours!
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