Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair)

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Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair)

If you want to get a good strength workout at home, but don’t have much space, the Bowflex 552 SelectTech Dumbbells are an ideal solution. Newly designed, the innovative pair of 552 SelectTech Dumbbells combines 15 sets of weights into one using a unique dial system. It’s one of the most space-efficient and flexible strength-training options available with its unique and effective design. With just the turn of a dial, you can automatically change your resistance on each dumbbell from 5 pounds all the way up to 52.5 pounds of weight. It adjusts in 2.5-pound increments (up to 25 pounds), enabling you to gradually increase your strength without bulking up.

Special Bonus FREE Bowflex® SelectTech® workout DVD – “Secrets of the 4 Step Rep” – with every purchase. Get the most out of your workout – work smarter, not harder. Over 30 exercises with over 80 variations.

Specifications:

Leg Exercises:

Back Exercises:

Chest Exercises:

Abdominal Exercises:

Arm Exercises:

Shoulder Exercises:

Manufacturer’s Warranty
Two-year limited warranty on all parts and weight plates; one-year warranty on labor

Compare these Weights

Model
Universal Kettlebell Kit (5 to 10 Pounds) Universal Kettlebell Kit (10 to 20 pounds) Universal Power-Pak 445 Adjustable Dumbbells with Stand (Combo) Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair) Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Adjustable Dumbbell (Single)
MSRP
$129.00 $399.00 $499.00 $549.00 $399.00 (single) $798.00 (pair)
Weight Range 5 lb bell
7.5 lb bell
10 lb bell
10 lb bell
15 lb bell
20 lb bell
    4 to 45 pounds per dumbbell     5 to 52.5 pounds per dumbbell     10 to 90 pounds per dumbbell
Number of Weight Settings N/A N/A 9     15 17
Weight Settings (lbs.)
5, 7.5, 10 pounds
(one of each)
10, 15, 20 pounds
(one of each)
4, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 pounds 5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 15, 17.5, 20, 22.5, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, and 52.5 pounds 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, and 90 pounds
Warranty
Kettlebells: 6 Months
Stand: 1 Year
    Kettlebells: 6 Months
Stand: 1 Year
1 Year Parts: 2 years limited
Plates: 2 years
Labor: 1 year
    Parts: 2 years limited
Plates: 2 years
Labor: 1 year
Dimensions
Stand:
L: 17 in / 43 cm
W: 17 in / 43 cm
H: 28 in / 71 cm
Stand:
L: 17 in / 43 cm
W: 17 in / 43 cm
H: 28 in / 71 cm
Dumbbells:
L: 14 in / 36 cm
W: 15 in / 38 cm
H: 7 in / 18 cm
Stand:
L: 17 in / 43 cm
W: 19 in / 48 cm
H: 25 in / 64 cm
Dumbbells (each):
L: 15.75 in / 40 cm
W: 8 in / 20 cm
H: 9 in / 23 cm
Dumbbells (each):
L: 17.5 in / 44 cm
W: 10 in / 25 cm
H: 10 in / 25 cm
Stand
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Workout Guide
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“Secret of the 4 Step Rep” Video
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Product Features


Comments

Scott says:

Excellent solution for P90X or those that don’t want a house full of weights After a lot of consideration, I ended up purchasing these weights to use with . The program calls for a lot of different weights, and I was tired of leaving 8 different dumbbells lying around on the floor of my den. After using these for roughly three months, I am very pleased with them, and with a few exceptions, they work great for P90X.CONSTRUCTION/DESIGN- As of 2/16/10, the model being sold on Amazon is the 2009 model, which came out in September 2008 and is the most current model available. There is no 2010 model, despite what many third party sellers claim (I have confirmed this with Nautilus). I have uploaded pictures of the version Amazon is selling, which comes with a black base plate. Amazon has lumped the reviews from the 2008 model in with this 2009 model, so read the reviews carefully. The 2009 model eliminates many of the complaints of the 2008, most specifically, it uses metal tabs on the weight plates to lock them in place. Construction is solid and it is very unlikely these will break. Although unlike traditional dumbbells, you can’t drop these on the ground after a set. They are fairly sturdy, but I would be very nervous about dropping these from any height over about 5″. The handle is ergonomic to fit the palm of your hand and the grip feels good and natural during lifting. The handle is thicker than a dumbbell and I prefer it to the thinner dumbbell handles.The weights have a dial on the end of them that you turn to select the desired weight. If you select 10lbs, it will then lock in the two weight plates to make 10 lbs, and release everything else; so when you pick up the weights, you get 10 lbs and all the other weights are left in the base plate. When done, you put the weights back in the base plate. This works very well, with the exception of it “catching” occasionally if the weight plates shift a little bit. This happens maybe 1/100 times or so though and isn’t a big problem. You just jiggle the weights a bit until it locks. The nice thing about this design, is that the two ends of the dumbbell don’t have to be the same weight. You can set the dial to 10lbs on one end and 30 lbs on the other. This will effectively put 5lbs on one end of the bar and 15lbs on the other. I don’t do this often, but it can lead to more variation in exercises, and I occasionally do it for tricep workouts or hammer curls. When lifting, the weights feel very sturdy. The plates are firmly locked onto the handle. There is no shaking or movement of the plates at all, and they don’t feel much different than dumbbells.PRICE – I definitely do not think these are worth the suggested retail price, but then again, I have never seen them sold for anything close to that. While they may seem expensive, if you calculate the cost of a large range of dumbbells (which typically sell for $1 per pound), these are a very favorable comparison. Just two 35lb dumbbells are going to cost you at least $50 (closer to $70 if new).USE WITH P90X – I originally did P90X with dumbbells. I had three different dumbbells, which just isn’t enough for the variety of exercises used in that program. If money and space is no object, I would recommend a full dumbbell set over these, as dumbbells are better for the exercises. But for most people that just isn’t practical. I hate pulling out and storing even three sets of dumbbells every other day to workout. The SelectTechs look so good that I just leave them in my den year round.The main advantages the SelectTechs have with P90X is the ability to select smaller weight increment, and being able to make weight changes quickly. Before these I owned a set of 10s, 15s, and 25s, which isn’t enough variety. Going up from 15 to 25 on bicep curls is a very big jump for me was too light, 25 was too heavy, and my form was terrible because I was struggling with the weight. With the SelectTechs, I could go to 17.5, then 20, then 22.5, then finally to 25. being able to go from 10lbs to 12.5 on tricep exercises, rather than 10lbs to 15 helps significantly. The other advantage is to quickly change weight increments. With P90X, you have about 15-30 seconds to set up for the next exercise. 5-10 seconds is all the time I needed to change the four dials on the SelectTechs and get a new weight.CONS – The real problem with these weights is the length. I had no real problem with the width, which is very manageable, but the dumbbells are 16″ long. This can cause a problem with some of the P90X exercises. There are maybe 7-8 exercises during the entire program that are awkward to do because of the length of the dumbbells. There are about 2-3 exercises that are very awkward to do (to the point that I actually switch to my dumbbells for these). Congdon Curls and Flip Grip…

Just "Steve" says:

BEST DUMBELLS EVER!!!! I was torn between these and the PowerBlock dumbells I kept reading about. I had a chance to check out the 2008 and prior model Bowflex Select Tech’s at Dicks Sporting Goods, and I remember thinking about how easy it was to spin the dials to adjust the weights.My only concern and hesitation was that a few reveiws mentioned the possibility of the weights rattling and people were worried they could fall off? I had not heard this before, so I researched it more and although the PowerBlock dumbells had gotten good reviews, I simply could not get past how ugly they were, and the fact that they used a magnetic pin to hold the weights in.I decided to spend the few extra dollars on these 2009 model Select Techs (assuming any prior issues they may have had were corrected) and boy am I glad I did, they are AWESOME! The dials, in my opinion, are ten times easier than the magnetic pins of PowerBlocks, and these Bowflex dumbells look ten times more fashionable (our gym equipment is on our loft, so yes my wife and I have a style standard). These dumbells are about 15 inches long, but neither of us have any issues with their size (I think the PowerBlocks were only a 3 inch difference anyways).We are 100% happier we bought these, and we bought the stand from Amazon to go with them also (it is better for your back if you lift dumbells from a standing position instead of from a squatting one). I hope you enjoy your SelectTechs as much as we enjoy ours!


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