For those of you who don’t have access to a complete set of dumbbells (which is the majority of us), one thing you might want to consider are the adjustable dumbbells, which not only save space, but can save some money as well. Currently, I have a set of dumbbells that aren’t complete, but they get me through my workouts. However, I’m going to be purchasing either the Powerblock dumbbells or Selecttech dumbbells very soon! I want something that is quick and easy to change out instead of taking 2-3 minutes messing with the weights. One of the people I coach, Empire, bought the Powerblock adjustable dumbbells and wrote a review, which is below.
Empire’s Powerblock Review: “Ok I have used them twice, once for P90X Chest, Shoulders, & Tri’s and again in P90X Back & Biceps. These things are awesome and much safer than what I was using. After you get past treating them so gently and actually treat it like a real piece of equipment, you can change weights pretty fast. I got the sport 9.0 that goes up to 50 pounds and can be upgraded to 90 and again to 130 per hand! Grip is comfortable and once you get used to it it’s really easy to change weights. The actual block or handle itself weighs 5 lbs and has two holes on the bottom, and each one holds 2 1/2 pounds, so with both in it weighs 10 pounds or 7 and a half with only one in. With both small weights in, it starts at ten pounds and then every section you add adds ten pounds so 10, 20,30…. if you take them out then you get 15, 25,35… take only one of the small weights out and you get 17 1/2, 27 1/2, and so on.
Also, make sure when you use it to have it on a nice flat surface. If your going to put it on carpet, it is really tall and kinda squishy, so maybe use a small plank of wood so the weights don’t get pushed up out of order. I use a sturdy chair and a really heavy wood cutting board so I don’t have to bend over all the time to grab my weights. Don’t worry, the weights won’t fall out of order like other weight sets. They may just be slightly moved. I had it on my carpet here for a bit and it worked fine.”
The Powerblocks are awesome for home use with a program like P90X, which involves resistance training. As you can see from Empire’s Powerblock review, they are easy to change and great for saving space. If you want to learn more about P90X, check out my P90X Review!