Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Adjustable Dumbbells

I have had these adjustable dumbbells for about a year now.  I purchased them to continue and build my home gym and also in preparation to begin Beachbody's P90X exercise program.  The main reason that I choose this particular set of Bowflex dumbbells is the wide range in weight.  By simply turning the dials on the side you can go from 10 lbs all the way up to 90 lbs.  Not only does this save space, as one set of adjustable dumbbells replaces 17 sets of conventional dumbbells, but it also saves money as buying those 17 sets of dumbbells would easily cost more that $2500.
For the past seven months I have used these dumbbells during my P90X, Insanity: The Asylum Vol. 1 & 2, and Body Beast workouts.  The dumbbells are very easy to use, and I have not had any mechanical or maintenance issues with them.  There are a few moves that feel a little awkward to me, simple due to the overall length of the dumbbells(from dial to dial).  But, with a little modification to the moves and with repetition, the moves become more comfortable and feel more natural.  One thing that I wish I would have done is purchase the stand for the dumbbells.  I have not hurt my back picking these weights up, but I have in years past and I know how helpful elevating the weights can be to saving your back.  Overall I am very glad that I purchased these dumbbells.  They are a little on the pricey side (full retail is around $600), however they are high quality and a lot less expensive then buying 17 sets of dumbbells.  I would recommend these SelectTech 1090's to anyone!  If you don't believe that you'll ever need to use that much weight, Bowflex does offer adjustable weight dumbbells that go from 5 lbs up to 52.5 lbs and cost a couple hundred dollars less.