Price: 299.00 (retail)
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Warranty: 2 Year Parts Included (options to purchase longer)
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10 Stars
Bowflex Selecttech 552 Dumbbells, Product Overview
Let me start off by saying, while I do (once again) really enjoy going to the gym, there is something about working out in the comfort of your own home that feels amazing. Not having to worry about who might be looking or watching. Not caring how you look while you perform the exercise. Being able to grunt or yell or breathe however loud you want. Being able to blast your music at your ideal volume. So many awesome benefits. Plus, you can’t beat the commute.
And all you really need to get started is a great set of dumbbells; and while in the past you would’ve needed a whole dumbbell rack full of these bad boys (15 sets of dumbbells, or 30 total dumbbells, to be exact!), these days all it takes is one awesome pair by Bowflex.
The Bowflex Selecttech 552 Dumbbells are an adjustable dumbbell that starts at 5 lbs. and can increase to 52.5 lbs each. They adjust in 2.5 pound increments up to 25 pounds, then by 5 pounds thereafter (then again to 2.5 from 50 to 52.5). You can quickly switch from one exercise to next and with the turn of a dial you can change your resistance with ease. These dumbbells can be used for just about every body part, including your chest, back, legs, abs, shoulders and arms. The versatility they provide is truly exceptional.
My Personal Experience
I have personally owned these dumbbells for about 5 years now and cannot say enough good things about them. They have made my workouts so much easier, being able to add things like drop sets to an arm workout or quickly switch weights up or down to move quickly from one exercise to the next while keeping my heart rate up. The dial mechanism they use is genius. It takes no effort at all and I have not had a single problem with it since purchasing so long ago.
Also, I personally feel the grips are much more comfortable than traditional dumbbells you find in most gyms. I no longer use gloves and have not noticed the same wear and tear on my hands as I used to get as a result of those iron weights. Easy to keep a hold of with no slipping or sliding.
I am a huge fan of doing dumbbell work as opposed to barbell lifts due to the fact that I have had some symmetry concerns with specific muscle groups in the past – i.e. one side of my chest being slightly larger than the other. Doing unilateral work, or working one side independent of the other helps minimize and correct those imbalances.
Not to mention the durability of these things. While I will admit I try to be careful when lifting and lowering these weights to their starting position, I have occasionally given it a large whack against something or higher than ideal drop to the floor and they have held up marvelously. I see these easily remaining a staple in my home gym set up for years to come.
Can’t Beat The Price
I know, I know, $300 is not exactly “chump change”, but if you were to purchase all of those dumbbells separately, they would add up to a whole heck of a lot more. Dumbbells typically sell for about a dollar a pound, so the set of 30 would cost you an astounding $775!! I don’t know about you, but I don’t have close to $800 lying around to drop on a set of weights
One Tiny, Tiny Negative
I guess since I am pointing out all these positive aspects, I have to be fair and call out the one, super tiny issue I have with them and what is holding them back from being a perfect 10. The size of these dumbbells, while not a huge concern when you’re using the higher weight loads, are a little large at, for example 5 or 10 lbs. In comparison to traditional, all metal dumbbells, they would be much larger in both length and width. But that’s it. The only negative (if you could call it that) that I could come up with.
Truly Great Product
What else can I say? If you are looking for your first (or second, or tenth) piece of equipment for your home gym, look no further. The Bowflex Selecttech 552 Dumbbells are the perfect candidate. Simplicity, space efficiency, durability. While you can find these dumbbells at many different retailers, I have not seen them any cheaper than Amazon.com. So pick up a pair and let me hear about your experience and if you are as pleased with them as I am.