Bowflex Dumbbells: A Personal Trainer’s Assessment

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Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Dumbbells

Bowflex Select Tech Adjustable Dumbbells

What’s up with Bowflex Dumbbells?

Space Saving, Useful and Worth it for Most People

Bowflex SelectTech dumbbells are adjustable dumbbells which you can buy in 5-52 and 10-90 pound sets. Each dumbbell comes in on a block which holds the mini-plates in place. When you put the dumbbell on the block, you can turn a dial on both sides of the dumbbell to select your weight (i.e. 2 dials per dumbbell to adjust weight for both hands).

Bowflex Select Tech Dumbbells Adjustable

Unlike the original adjustable dumbbells the Powerblocks, which were encased in these prison cell like cage, the Bowflex SelectTech adjustable dumbbells (thankfully) look and feel like regular dumbbells. They are easy to use a serve a great purpose for most people who want to work out in their own home gym.

It should be known that while these dumbbells can function without the optional (and $150) stand as they have the blocks which hold the mini-plates in place while adjusting them, they are less convenient to use without the stand which holds the dumbbells at a height which is easy to adjust.

Who Can Benefit From Using SelectTech Adjustable Bowflex Dumbbells?

Anyone who Knows how to Use Dumbbells!

Luckily the Bowflex SelectTech adjustable dumbbells are just that dumbbells which allow them to be used for literally hundreds of exercises. Almost every physically able man or woman who doesn’t have a permanent disability can effectively use the Bowflex SelectTech dumbbells. Children who are first learning to use weights may need some weight training etiquette lessons to ensure they know how to properly perform exercises and rack weights before they use the SelectTech dumbbells.

Home Gym Rating:
4.5 stars bowflex select tech

How is Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbells for a Home Gym?

Luckily SelectTech Dumbbells were Designed for Home Use!

Having a set of 5-50 pound dumbbells can take up a lot of space in your home and/or home gym and cost a lot of money. The Bowflex SelectTech adjustable dumbbells take up only a couple cubic feet of space. They look very nice while resting in the stands and feel nice while you use them during workouts.

If treated properly meaning they’re always re-racked slowly, not thrown, not banged together hard and kept away from water, flames, acid and other disastrous materials, Bowflex SelectTech dumbbells are a very solid investment for a home gym and worth every penny you pay for them.

Commercial Gym Rating:
1.5 stars for commercial gym

Are Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Dumbbells good for the Commercial Gym Setting?

Quick Answer: NO

If it’s like finding a needle in a haystack finding a set of matching weight dumbbells in your gym, you can only imagine something like a set of adjustable dumbbells which must be re-racked correctly each time to keep functional. You may have even seen the Select Tech Bowflex dumbbells in shambles at your local sporting good store. They were designed for home use and if used properly, like you will no doubt do with your investment they are perfect for home use, but there’s a good reason why no commercial gym has probably ever carried the Bowflex Select Tech dumbbells.

Personal Trainer Rating:
3.5 stars for personal trainer use

How is Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbells for Personal Trainers?

SelectTech adjustable Bowflex dumbbells can either be a great investment for a personal trainer or a poor one. If there is little space where you train clients and/or you are a mobile personal trainer the SelectTech dumbbells are a savvy investment for any personal training business.

If you have space to train clients and/or train in a gym where more people than yourself and training client use the dumbbells, you are better off spending more money to get even a used dumbbell set.

Fortunately, like any set dumbbells, the Bowflex SelectTech dumbbells and a personal trainer are a match made in heaven provided there are no external factors. Again, remember to think of the Bowflex SelectTech adjustable dumbbells as a set of dumbbells all in one!

What Exercises can you Perform with the Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbells?

Here is a very small sample of hundreds of dumbbell exercises you can perform with SelectTech adjustable Bowflex dumbbells as well with any dumbbells.


Where can you Buy SelectTech Adjustable Bowflex Dumbbells Dumbbells?

You can buy Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbells at your local sporting good store but it would be advantageous to find some online at wholesale prices… Don’t forget the Stands!

Vendor Bowflex SelectTech Online Deals Rating Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbells & AccessoriesA+

Author Profile: Mike Behnken

Mike Behnken is a personal trainer who holds multiple NASM certifications and a MS in Exercise Science. Mike loves fitness, travel, and photography among many other interests.

Disclaimer: The views of the author are his or her own, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Ask The Trainer.
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