If you like the Bowflex 552 dumbbells, you’ll love this set. This set packs on a little more weight but features the same design as the smaller ones. Many people find that they need more than just the standard 52 pounds and find that this model which provides 90 pounds is perfect. These are great for the home because they pretty much provide all the weight that 95% of exercisers will ever need. 90 pounds in each hand is quite a load to handle and a lot of people who buy these end up never using the full amount but enjoy having the option for growth.
These dumbbells can be combined with any version of the Bowflex weight bench to make the perfect workout solution.
Here are a few reasons I think these dumbbells are great
They provide 180 pounds of free weight
As stated above, 180 pounds is a lot of weight and is sufficient for nearly all home exercisers. Of course, heavy lifters will require more weight but as a personal trainer, I have seen more than my share of people lifting more weight than they should be lifting. Even if you can’t use all 180 pounds, I suggest getting these instead of the lower weight ones simply because you’ll need something to grow into.
Extremely easy to use
As with all dumbbells produced by Bowflex, these simply work at the turn of a dial. Need more weight? Simply turn the dial. It’s really simple with the markings of the weight right on the dials, you simply turn the dial to the weight you need and start lifting. This makes it easy for doing drop sets which are nearly impossible to do in the home with traditional free weights.
Comfortable and balanced
These provide a comfortable experience and the total feel of the weights seem to be very balanced on each side. I only wish that the handle had a rubber grip on the handle like the 552s do. However, these simply have a solid grip that is made to last and is pretty comfortable as well.
Here are a few things I DON”T LIKE about these
These things are HUGE
It’s understandable that with the amount of weight provided on these dumbbells, they are going to have to be a little larger than regular dumbbells. However, these are 17.5 inches long no matter how much weight you have on them. This makes it a little difficult to do certain exercises. I was shocked to see the size of these especially when compared to my Powerblock set that features the same weight.
Most people find that these provide a great option for working out at home. The weight alone is enough to make these a winner in my book and having used these a few times, I can say that they are high quality just like most all equipment from Bowflex. You can’t drop these weights and expect them to survive but most people aren’t going to do any dropping at home so it usually isn’t an issue.
If you want to increase your strength and muscle mass without cluttering up your home, these will be great for you.