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KetoMuscles

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My home gym lacks a full set of dumbbells. So that is my next purchase. A buddy at work swears by his Powerblocks. For the full 5-90lbs it looks like they cost about $1000. Any set of hex dumbbells will cost close to that just to get to 50lbs.
Any of you fellas have adjustable or recommendations?
Thanks eh.
 

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I have the same at home - don’t have room for a full set of dumbells. I love them but the only downfall is their max weight. But for old bastards like me, it stops me from lifting too heavy and hurting myself.
 
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I have never tired those but all other adjustable ones have sucked for me. I bought a full rubber hex set from 5 to 130 lbs.
 

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I have the 5-52.5 adjustable bow flex “selectech” pair.
They are good for quick at home pump sets. They don’t take up a lot of space. I got mine used for $125 so was a great deal.
However if you are smaller stature or have small hands they may not fit your body very well. My wife can’t use them. (Even on the lowest weight setting) as they are too big for her hands and too long such that they hit her legs/torso as she’s trying to use them.
I don’t have this problem but just something to consider. (I’m 5’10” average-large hands)
 

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I've been checking kijiji for a deal. But resale on them seems high. For a cpl hun more I may just go brand new. I haven't really looked into other name brands yet. Just going on the one recommendation so far. And the input from you guys.
Which I always appreciate.
 

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I had both sets of Bowflex dumbells....the 552's and the 910's.....they're okay but there not the best, still have to have 2 sets and when you have those two sets it still takes up too much room & they're both expensive as hell when you get stands for both sets as well.
I really liked the PowerBlocks when I had used someone else's so I found a set of Powerblocks to 90lb on Kijiji for under 300 bucks so I bought them too! I've since got rid of the Bowflex ones because the PowerBlocks are much more superior, they're way more durable, more compact, more portable, & just better all around.
 

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I have the Bowflex 910's, up to 90Lbs, and they are decent but are long in regards to length.
I don't really find this to be too much of an issue but something to consider.
They are decent quality but definitely not for consistent dropping etc. You need to treat them well or I'm sure they would break at some point.
I bought them due to a really good deal on Ebay as the two dumbbells also came with the stand for a decent price, delivered.
Happy with them given what I paid but I have had the Powerblocks as well in the past and they are a stronger dumbbell in regards to quality for sure.
 

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I have 910s. they are not cheap but when space is limited I am glad to have them. Don't be like me and drop them. I knocked one off a bench and it sheared the little plastic lip that locks in the weight.
 

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regular plates on an olympic style dumbell is the most cost effective, if you already have plates. i was gonna get a pair a long time ago, but i totally forgot. thanks for reminding me lol

 

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I have 910s. they are not cheap but when space is limited I am glad to have them. Don't be like me and drop them. I knocked one off a bench and it sheared the little plastic lip that locks in the weight.
Ive got a 910 with the same issue....have you tried to acquire parts to fix it?
 

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ironmaster makes a beautiful dumbbell. Expanding up to 150 lbs or more I think.

The beauty of them is the length and size for each increments match the size of a legit dumbbell.
Check them out.
 

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regular plates on an olympic style dumbell is the most cost effective, if you already have plates. i was gonna get a pair a long time ago, but i totally forgot. thanks for reminding me lol

This is the best idea really. Adjustable, but it does take a bit of time. If it's just you in your gym, I don't see it being a huge problem
 

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ironmaster makes a beautiful dumbbell. Expanding up to 150 lbs or more I think.

The beauty of them is the length and size for each increments match the size of a legit dumbbell.
Check them out.
I actually forgot all about Ironmaster. I read about them a while back. They had really good reviews and seem solid. I was so close to pulling the trigger on the power blocks but went this way instead. Grabbed the KB too.
Thanks for the reminder.
Just unboxed them last night. The locking mechanism is even slicker than I thought. It's not a full screw. There's a channel that the threads can pass through then a half turn and done.
The KB has a monster handle. Great for 2 handed use. Actually the db's have master grips too. I'm pretty sure Shaq or Andre the Giant could use them np.
Not cheap. And the expansion kits to go from 75lbs to120lbs and then again to 165lbs are $350 each. 75s will do me just fine.
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