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Old 10-02-2004, 08:52 AM   #1
Matthew Scoble
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Does anyone have experience using the Power Block style of selectorized dumbbells? They seem like they would be a good option for outfitting a home gym, but wonder if they work well, and are not awkawrd to use. Any input would be great. Thanks!! Matt S.
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Old 10-02-2004, 09:27 AM   #2
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The powerblocks are a space saver but I don't like them. I am very curious about these though:

http://www.ironmaster.com

They look first rate.
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Old 10-02-2004, 09:42 AM   #3
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Hi Matt,
I have a set of power blocks and like them a lot. The balance and feel is fine; the only things they're not good for are any 2-hand exercises (pullovers, db swings) because there's not room down inside the block (where the grip is) for 2 hands.
YMMV...
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Old 10-02-2004, 09:52 AM   #4
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Matthew, I purchased a 90# powerblock/rack set many years ago. Overall I have been pleased with the buy. They are solid, easy to adjust and have a 2' x 2' footprint (great if you are space challenged). They are great for weighted work - they have lots of rails to tie or hook onto a belt. Two handed swings can also be done: turn the block over and grab the thick knurled rails on the underside, one hand per rail and swing away.

I would change the handle from foam covered to knurled steel.
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Old 10-03-2004, 07:09 AM   #5
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Can't say that I've ever used any of these . . . but here's yet another alternative:

http://www.epinions.com/Nautilus_ND5..._Dumbbell_Set_
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Old 10-04-2004, 05:00 AM   #6
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I have them and like them. DB's don't show up in the WOD real often and when they do, its usually a fixed weight (your not doing max DB bench presses). That being said, you could probably pick up some fixed weight DB's 20, 30, and 40s or just 40s if your strong enough. This would be a much cheaper way to go.
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Old 10-04-2004, 06:21 AM   #7
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I've got some adjustable DB's that take the Olympic weights and they work great for me. It's nice to be able to interchange the weights from the bar to the DB's without having to purchase different sized plates, and they are much cheaper than the powerblocks, though I do like th idea of quick changes with the powerblocks.
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Old 10-04-2004, 11:28 AM   #8
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I have a set of powerblocks and they work fine. They are a space saver as the others have mentioned but I don't think I would buy them again if I had to do it over. They are great anchors for situps though. A cheaper alternative would be to watch the classifieds or Craigslist.com, if you have this in your area, because people are always selling dumbells.
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