Originally Posted by Winter
I was thinking about purchasing the Bowflex dumbbell weight set. I have seen it for about $400. Does anyone have this and what has been your impression. Thanks.
COSTCO has/had them for a while. Might have cleared the last few out around $300, but I don't recall for sure. My wife has an adjustable set of dumbells that are 25lbs each. Frankly, they are a little awkward -both making sure the plates are locked in properly and overall feel. The plates "clickety clack" during use which also distracts me, but the Nautillus/Bowflex are probably better engineered. (I've only picked the Bowflexes up in the store and played with the adjustments, but never actually worked out with them.) Powerblocks is another adjustable system, but the rectangular shape is also kind of awkward.
I have a triple-level rack of fixed weight dumbells (2.5lb-50lb pairs) and find it easier and less awkward to pick up the fixed weights. Considering the stand that comes with the COSTCO version (a forward facing V-shape that put the wieghts at thigh level), the amount of space taken up by the Bowflex adjustables is close to that of a triple level standard rack. Stored on the floor in their flat racks witout the stand, they would only take up a little more than 12"-16" of floor space.
Like skis, probably best to demo, or make sure you can return the adjustables if they aren't comfortable for you. Ultimately, you might find you'll get more utility for your money by joining a gym. Hard to balance dumbells on your feet for working on the ski legs.