Product Review: Dumbbells

If you’re looking for dumbbells or barbells you can use for weight training either at home or in the gym, perhaps you’ve come across brands like Bowflex SelectTech dumbbells, CAP barbell items, and PowerBlock dumbbells, among many others. Given the many items per distributor and the hassle of shipping, which dumbbell set should you purchase?

Some dumbbells use painted steel weight plates while other brands use urethane-coated weight plates with rounded tops. One review claims that although urethane coated dumbbells are expensive, they don’t make as much noise as steel weight plates because the urethane serves to absorb shock. The urethane coated weight plates also allow the plates to slide in and out smoothly as compared to steel weights. However, if you can stand a little clanging and if you don’t mind a little effort when adjusting the plates on your dumbbells, then steel weight plates are the more affordable option.

PowerBlock dumbbells are available in both steel weight plates and urethane coated weight plates. They also claim to be the world’s greatest dumbbell. They have the longest warranty in the mart and claim that their weight sets are the heaviest worldwide. Their weight sets are expandable, which also allows you to save space at home or in the gym, in contrast to traditional dumbbells and weight sets. Compared to the price of different dumbbells in different weight sets, availing of expandable PowerBlock dumbbells may cost less overall.

The Powerblock dumbbells with urethane-coated weight plates are more expensive than their dumbbells with steel weight plates. This increase in cost is justified by the extra comfort and convenience provided by the urethane coating. The item also comes with a lifetime warranty, ensuring you that the amount you paid for is going to be worth it. Powerblock dumbbells with urethane coated weight plates are much more durable than those with steel weight plates because its selector pins, and even the weight plates themselves, are capable of flexing. This flexion allows the dumbbells to absorb even more tension and stress as compared to welded steel dumbbells. The urethane coated steel weight plates, aside from being durable, also look more appealing because of their black urethane coating.

Powerblock dumbbells boast of expandable weight sets and dumbbell sets with urethane coated weight plates. On the other hand, Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbells are an emerging favorite among people undergoing weight training. The product has a design that allows you to automatically change your resistance from its entire range (5 lbs to 52.5 lbs). Instead of having fifteen different sets of dumbbells, you can settle for one set of Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbells. Because you will need just one set of dumbbells instead of more than a dozen, you will save space in your home or gym.

The Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbells use an innovative dial system that lets you adjust the resistance or weight simply by turning the dial. With this unique dial scheme, you get to adjust the resistance of the dumbbells by increments of 2.5 pounds. Adjusting the increments little by little, instead of abruptly, allows you to get your strength training without getting too much bulk. Your muscles become stronger and your body becomes more fit and well-toned. At the same time, you don’t get too much bulk if you don’t want to look like a professional weight lifter. The 2.5 pounds of adjustment increment is perfect for those who simply need to become fit for sports but who do not want to bulk up.

And then there’s the issue of dumbbell racks and barbell racks. People who are serious about weight training get a rack where they can hang dumbbells and barbells, such as the horizontal barbell rack. If you want to use barbells for weight training, don’t forget to get a sturdy bench to work with. A great bench can prevent injuries and mishaps, giving you maximum weight training. Try the Bowflex SelectTech adjustable bench. Because it’s adjustable, you can change the incline according to your preferences. It provides great support for you regardless of your preferred positioning.

The Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Bench Series 5.1 has six possible positions, starting at a 0 degree incline all the way to a 90 degree incline. The different angles will allow you to exercise different muscle groups, allowing you optimal use of your barbells and dumbbells. The Dowflex SelectTech adjustable bench is made of commercial grade steel. This bench is also quite stable as it can lock into one angle, which is important if you want to have a safe weight training session.

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