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  1. Trickypants

    Trickypants OT Supporter

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    I've been looking at getting one of those dumbbell sets that are adjustable weights and wanted to know if anybody had any recommendations.

    There are the bowflex/selecttech ones that are pretty expensive (399-699 depending on weight) and other ones as well.

    Just wanted to check to see if anybody knew anything about them or had warnings of what not to buy before I laid out the cash. Thanks! :coold:
     
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    Not sure of build and such. But when you factor in the variance in weights you can have in the range you buy and if you had to buy them all separately. Then the cost isn't that much really.

    But it does seem like a lot when you have just a single set of db's.
     
  4. Trickypants

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    Yeah, I'm thinking about the $699 set that adjusts from 10-90 lbs per dumbbell instead of the 5-50 for $399.

    I just want to make sure they aren't pieces of crap or break easily before I put out that kind of money. :hs:
     
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    Haven't used em. I did look at them though. Seemed to be of decent construction. What made the difference for me, though, was that I didn't want to have to adjust the weights in the middle of a workout. I'd rather just grab the next set of hexagonal dumbbells and be ready to go.
     
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    Get some threaded, standard sized db handles, and a crapton of standard plates off of craigslist. You can even buy extended handles to pack on more plates.
     
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    Since money is not an issue, you can try Ironmaster Quick-Lock Dumbbell. It's adjustable to 75lbs for $489 with additional $199 you can make it up to 120lb and more durable than Bowflex model. There is(or was) 5% off coupon floating around.
     
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    I have heard that the Bowflex ones are garbage.

    I have a set of PowerBlocks (up to 90lbs), and love them. Have had them for 3 years now, no complaints. Quick to adjust, safe, and easy to store.

    Def. a great investment for your home gym.
     
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    why not just buy increments of 10 with real, solid DBs?
     
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    this is what I have and they work great. My only qualm is that all the metal-on-metal ends up scraping the chrome off and you end up with a floor covered in metal flakes. Don't use it on a carpeted floor and sweep/vacuum after doing a lot of adjustments and you shouldn't have any problems. They work great otherwise.
     
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    Both of these look like really good options....and nice that you can start with the 50 pounds per hand and just add on for cheaper. :coold:
     
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