Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells Review

Bowflex Selecttech DumbbellsThe Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells are the best set of dumbbells you could own. They are so easy to use in your home and quick to clean up. No need to be spending time re-racking your weights that you currently have.

My home gym still revolves around these dumbbells. I am going on almost ten years of owning them and have had zero problems with them. Looking back, these dumbbells were a great investment.

How Do The Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells Work?

The Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbells go from 2.5 pounds all the way up to 52.5 with a simple click. Gone are the days of a large dumbbell rack in your basement or workout room. This makes selecting weights much easier to do.

Stand Or No Stand?

The Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbells are not cheap. They cost around $290. For another $100 you can get the stand too. You’ll be all in for about $395. Here’s the thing. Its worth it. Yes – maybe you have your designated workout area and your workout equipment stays in one place all the time. And – maybe you’re hardcore and acknowledge that squatting down to switch weights gives you bonus exercise between reps.

Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell StandI feel that the stand makes it easier to switch weights between sets, is much easier to move around the house, and is overall more appealing when in my house. It just looks better on the stand then laying on the ground.

Here is a photo of my set up at home between a shelf and floor speaker. The stand makes it so much easier to workout with let alone move them around in the basement. We’re talking about 100 pounds of weights here.

If you’re thinking you want this set up too then check out the Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbells and Stand deal at Amazon. If you just want the dumbbells to start out with then you can always go back and buy the stand separately in the future.

Why Are The Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbells The Best?

The stand you get when you purchase the weights comes with wheels so you can easily move them around. The Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells are a must have for anybody who is doing P90X, Body Beast, other Beachbody workouts, or just looking for a way to get rid of a huge rack of dumbbells in their home gym.

Too much time is wasted looking for different weights during a normal workout. Just try to keep up with Tony Horton during P90X Back and Biceps or Sagi Kalev doing any Body Beast workout with normal dumbbells. Its not going to happen. You will be hitting the pause button after every bicep curl or tricep extension trying to get ready for the next move. The Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbells simplify that with a couple clicks.

If you really want to get awesome results with P90X or Body Beast then you need the Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbells.

Why Buy The Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells?

So I was watching TV and this infomercial for the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells came on. I kept thinking about what a great idea this was. I was remembered going to the gym and always having to wait for the 25-35 pound dumbbells to get put back while there are about 60 different weights of dumbbells laying around. Who uses a 65lb weight to do curls or arm extensions? Nobody that goes to the gyms I go to.

Realizing this was one of the best inventions of all time I could see myself working out at home with these weights and the nice rolling stand that they come with. I decided this was going to be my gift. They are a little pricey for a gift so I decided to go in half with mom.

Once we picked the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells up I easily put them together in less than 30 minutes including the stand and started working out. There was a nice little DVD that comes with it too.


Bowflex SelectTech 552 DumbbellsAll of this is taking place a year before I even knew about P90X. When I started doing the P90X workout the dumbbells were just a perfect fit. Anybody who does P90X knows that you really want to keep up with Tony Horton as best as you can.

The pace he sets is fast and you want to keep up. You can pause and take a break but the goal should be to complete the entire P90X workout with him without pausing. There are a couple workouts, P90X Back and Biceps and P90X Shoulders and Arms where you are just grabbing weights and going.

The Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells let you switch the weights from 2.5lbs to 52.5 pounds in the matter of seconds. The technology Bowflex came up with has individual weights that lock into place when turn a dial selecting what weight you want. This is totally a genius idea.

I would highly recommend anybody who is looking to do P90X to look into the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells. Even if you are just looking to get rid of some old workout equipment and get some new stuff these dumbbells will make your life that much easier. You’ll probably be able to get rid of the weight rack you might have with the 10 different dumbbells you have on it. That’s another reason to look into buying the Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbells.

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  1. Good choices — these are two of the best fitness products available right now. Especially P90X if you need help staying motivated.

  2. Thanks you for posting this information on P90X. Regarding the dumbells, what size weights do you absolutely have to have to do the program. I prefer to use dumbbells over resistance bands, but the $400 price tag for the bowflex selectech is a bit out of my range. Thanks again for the info.

  3. @ Linda

    It really depends. There are some workouts where I use all the weight up to the 52 pounds. For the most part I only use up to 30 pounds. I bought the dumbbells before I started doing P90X. They are so nice because they take up very little space. You don’t have 12 different dumbbells laying around on some gawdy looking rack either. The price seems high but if you compared it with getting a whole set of dumbbells it would be about the same.

  4. The bowflex adjustable weights aren’t bad but the powerblocks are soooo much better. So if anyone is thinking of getting adjustable weights make sure you give powerblocks a try before you make a decision.

  5. @ AM

    Price was an issue and there are not that many exercises where I need weight over 55 pounds. The only one I could think of is “lawn mowers.”

  6. @ John

    I do the P90X Classic Routine as I’m usually busy playing sports or doing some other activity 3 nights a week. The only move I can think of where I’d use more than 55 pounds would be when doing “Lawnmowers.” I can do 15 reps at 55lbs no problem now so I throw in a couple extra reps to get the burn. I was already very lean before doing P90X as I ran a lot so my goal was to tone and bulk up. I’ve put on about 15 pounds of muscle over the 3 rounds of P90X. Ten of those came in the first round.

  7. Hey Brad I have the P90X DVDs, but want to purchase the Bowflex Selectech Dumbbells.

    You said you went with the 552 instead of the 1090 based on the exercises, but which program are you following in the P90X workouts: Classic or Double? Also, were you leaning to tone up, or to bulk up?

    Thanks for the information you posted here, its really informative!


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