Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Reebok Adjustable Dumbbells

In this short article, I am going to talk to you about the Reebok Adjustable Dumbbells. These are not well-known or really ever discussed, so hopefully I can provide you with a recommendation by the end of this article.
1) Introduction To Short Reviews: In this short review, (currently because Reebok only produces one set of dumbbells), I plan on summarizing the features, description, and ratings this dumbbell received on Amazon. Also, I would like to give you my opinion, as well.
1a) Reebok Speed Pac 25-Pound Adjustable Dumbbells:

If you're looking at these dumbbells, you may be considering purchasing them because of the low price. That, or maybe you have faith in the Reebok company. Regardless, these adjustable dumbbells weigh 25 pounds a piece. Weight adjustments can be made in increments of 2.5 pounds,* although one reviewer noted that he could only make weight adjustments of 5 pounds. Weight can drop all the way down to 2.5 pounds,* but only 5 pounds if the reviewer on Amazon was correct. Finally, a slide pin is used to adjust weight amount. Overall, the Reebok Adjustable Dumbbells received an average 3 out of 5 star rating on Amazon. Many people said that these were 'ok' dumbbells.
Although you may be looking at these dumbbells thinking that you're going to get a good deal, always remember that you will get what you pay for. The fact that these use a slide pin to change weight, is an extreme downside. I've had a pair of dumbbells like this, and the slide pin tends to get stuck quite often. I do not recommend purchasing these dumbbells, unless you're okay with clanking weights that sometimes make weight adjustments difficult a task in itself. I give these dumbbells a 2 out of 5.


55 Pound Adjustable Dumbbells

1) Intro - I am having a great time talking to you guys about different adjustable dumbbells. Today, I will be discussing adjustable dumbbells that max out at 55 pounds. Note: I will go ahead and throw the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells (which go up to 52.5 pounds) in the 55 and 50 pound category. Before I talk about the Bowflex set, let's discuss some of the other 55 pound weights. I find it quite interesting that there are actually weights at this class, but regardless, let's get on with the reviews.

1a) Lifecore Corebell 5-55-Pound Adjustable Dumbbell System - (Note: I added the stand to the deal, because the dumbbells alone are actually the same price. May as well pay the same price + get the stand.)
This is one of the most popular dumbbells on Amazon at it's class. Running for the high price of $450, (which is $150.00 more than the up-to 50 pound dumbbells that I got), this dumbbell set received an average 3.5 out of 5 star rating, based off of 14 customer reviews. Features include the ability to adjust weight amount by 2.5 pound increments, slide and lock system that allows you to select the proper weight amount for you, and more. Because there were a wide variety of opinions on these dumbbells, I highly recommend checking the reviews out for yourself. As for my opinion, I know you can get something better for a lower price.
1b) Lifesmart Adjustable 5- to 55-Pound Dumbbells (Pair) -
Although these dumbbells only received one review on Amazon, they may definitely be worth checking out. This set features the ability to change the weight between 5 and 55 pounds, in 5 pound increments, and much more. The one reviewer of this set of dumbbells stated that they would've given them a 5 out of 5 star rating instead of a 4 out of 5 star rating, but the set had some plastic where the reviewer thought it should have been made out of stronger materials. Aside from that, this set sells for $350.00, and seems to be a good pair.
1c) Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells (52.5 Pounds) -
This is probably the most popular set of dumbbells on the market. I'm going to go ahead and talk about the Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbells in the 55 pound class, because there really isn't a 52.5 pound class, unless you count these weights.
With 141 customer reviews on Amazon, these dumbbells received an average rating of4 out of 5 stars. Many 1 star ratings were present, as many reviewers complained about locking and safety issues. Note: See warranty information in description. Aside from the obvious problems, these adjustable 52.5 pound dumbbells feature the ability to adjust weight amount with a dial, adjust weight with 2.5 pound increments, and much more. But because the diversity of the reviews, I highly recommend checking them out for yourself.
2) My Recommendation -
I would never pay the amount of money these customers are asking for, for a 5 pound upgrade from 50 pound weights. Because of this, I would either upgrade to a new weight class completely, or downgrade to 50 pound adjustable weights, which can be much cheaper. If you don't mind spending the money, the 52.5 pound Bowflex adjustable dumbbells would be your best bet. (Note: Their $100.00 more expensive than the 50 pound Powerblock adjustable dumbbells, which run for $300.00 at Dicks Sporting Goods.


Powerblock Adjustable Dumbbells

  Although the Powerblock Stand is not a necessary piece of equipment, it does have it's perks, compared to if you set your Powerblock Adjustable Dumbbells on the ground. In this short review, I am going to give you an overview of the Powerblock stand, along with why I think it's beneficial to you and your Powerblocks. Again, the stand is NOT necessary. If you're short on cash, don't sweat it!
Description and Features:
The Powerblock Stand is extremely compact. As you already know, there are 5 different Powerblock Adjustable Dumbbells that I am aware of. I'm not sure if there are specific stands for specific dumbbells, or there is a universal stand for all. I would assume that this single stand works for all Powerblock Adjustable Dumbbells, but I am not completely sure.
The modern design is very attractive to the eye, and goes well with the design of the Powerblock Dumbbells.
Although there was only 1 customer review for this item on Amazon, the reviewer did give this product a 5 out of 5 star rating.
Benefits of the Stand:
There are two real benefits to having the Powerblock Stand. The biggest benefit is the fact that you don't have to bend all the way over to ground level to adjust weight amount. Also, weight amount is easier to adjust on a flat surface. Finally, the stand allows for storage, and likely will make it so you don't have to place your dumbbells on the ground.
If you don't mind having your Powerblock Adjustable Dumbbells on the ground or another surface you have already available, then I wouldn't sweat getting the stand. I've had my set for about 5 months now. I've been using them and storing them on the ground with no problem.
If you have the money, feel free to purchase the stand, as it will provide you with some decent benefits. For me though, those benefits just aren't worth the cost.