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Nautilus and Bowflex have teamed up to create the “gold standard” in the category. I'm always hesitant to anoint anything “perfect”, but the look, feel, and weight distribution evenness of the engineering make the Select-Tech 550 close. What really sets the 550 apart is the tighter ranges of the lower weight settings: the 2.5 lb. increments up to 25 lbs. and the 5 lb. increments up to 50 lbs., truly yields an all-in-one product for everyone.
If you'll never need a 50 lb. dumbbell heavy enough for Hercules, and are looking for a more mobile product, then the Reebok Speed Pack may be just right for you. A cushioned handgrip and sleek construction make the Reebok Speed Pack perfect for a power-walk or maybe that aerobic hand-weight routine you were thinking about signing up for.
Great quality construction and a no-slip handle put the Fusion high on any list. The weight dialing apparatus is simple and durable, and if you consider the convenience and look of the heavy-duty stand, you've got a pair of adjustable dumbbells second to none.
The first thing you'll notice about the Stamina is the feel of the ergonomic “bulge” in the center of the hand-grip, which is usually reserved for the dumbbell rack in the most exclusive free weight gyms. The weight dialing apparatus is also easy for seamless adjustment.
Another adjustable dumbbell on the list engineered for the active cross-trainer. The Super Saver is ideal for circuit training and if you've got a routine that may call for an “on the fly” weight adjustment, this dumbbell may be just right for you. Also, the cushioned handle is especially designed for those longer aerobic workouts where grip due to sweat and/or fatigue may be a concern.
GoFit has thrown some “old” and “new” into the Sport Block, and the result is a solid quality product great for any home gym. Instead of a dialing mechanism like many others in the adjustable dumbbell category, the Super Block uses a “pin apparatus” like the weight stacks we've all used for years. Also, a key feature is that each dumbbell is adjustable in three pound increments up to 24 lbs., which allows smaller weight increases for the beginner.
Ok, I'm an old gym rat with an “old school” workout mentality, but no matter how hard I tried, I could not think of a good enough reason to keep the AquaBells off the list! The concept is simple, the price is economical, and the portability is obvious. So if you're looking for an effective light hand weight, especially for power walking, just add water!
I used Kettlebells years ago, but when I started researching dumbbells, I rediscovered a hidden gem in the fitness equipment landscape that I hadn't thought about since college! The Kettlebell premise is the same as the traditional dumbbell premise, except the handle is on the end, versus in the center; and this difference in “torque” has some advantages, which I won't delve into here. But the modern Kettlestack Adjustable Kettlebell combines old with new, and if you're seeking interesting new ways to spice up a home gym, then the adjustable Kettlebell may be worth a look.
Apex hits our list with a “good old fashioned” dumbbell, weight, and collar configuration you might remember working out with as a kid in the basement. But with the rubber grips, carrying case, and storage tray, it's a solid, quality piece of equipment that will fit nicely into any modern home gym.
The quality heavy-duty chrome of the Bayou will immediately catch your eye. We've all become keenly aware that the sales pitch, “get professional quality at home,” usually means, “you're buying crap!” The Bayou is a high quality piece of workout equipment that should last forever, and the chrome construction has a look and feel that you'll be proud to have prominently displayed in any home gym.
Sport Block is a great way to go. So fast and easy to change from one weight to the other.
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