questionswhat's your take on adjustable dumbbells?


Adjustable dumbbells great if you don't have the money or the room to get the different weights separately. I use the Cap Barbell 40-Pound Dumbbell Set that I bought from Amazon, and it works pretty well. It has an gasoline smell to it for some reason, but I can live with that.

The main disadvantage to adjustable dumbbells is that they break the flow of your workout when you need to adjust the weights. I just don't like working out and then stopping to unscrew the cap, adding/removing a weight, screwing the cap back on, and then repeating for the other side of the barbell. Other than that, they work fine and I like my adjustable dumbbells.

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I've had the bowflex/nautilus selectech 552s for the last 8 or 9 years. They get used almost daily between my wife and me. They're very comfortable to use and the grip is great. They've also survived five moves, one of those overseas. They're a bit expensive but they're high quality. As long as you don't throw them around and drop them they seem to last forever. I'd definitely buy them again.


They are worth the expense if space is an issue. I picked up a cheap set at Target and I love them as much as any I've used. If you are the only one using them and you don't bang them around then a cheaper set is all you need.


It's probably more than you're looking for, but I'm going to recommend the Quick-Lock Dumbbell system from Ironmaster (

With the base set, you can adjust each dumbbell from 5 to 75 pounds, and they have add-on sets to take it up to 165 lbs. You can also use the weight plates with optional curl bars, straight bars and kettlebells. They also have a "quick lock" feature, which saves a lot of time when switching plates.

It's sort of expensive, but there's nothing quite like having a complete free-weight system that you can store in a closet.


I think they're worth it. I have a less-than-fancy set (just free weights and a couple bars) and it was absolutely worth the purchase. They have those really nice ones that are similar to adjustable blocks, but those are really expensive. Still, if I got serious about working out again, I'd like a pair of those.

Adjustable is the way to go in my opinion for the versatility. You'll pay a little more, but the potential for use is much larger. You can go and get a nice set of heavy weights, but those are going to be really limited in what you can use them for. With an adjustable set, you can use weights for any exercise without hurting yourself.

They also save a hell of a lot of space.


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