Bowflex Dumbbells

Written by Beth Hrusch
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Free weights are an important part of strength training, and an indispensable part of any workout that aims to build muscle and burn fat. Traditional free weights come in a set of thirty or more individual weights that range from five to fifty or more pounds each. Using them provides resistance to the muscles of the upper and lower body, forcing them to work harder than normal. This builds new muscle tissue, burns fat and gives the heart a workout as well.

Bowflex Dumbbells Are a New Approach

A recent development in the world of fitness equipment and accessories is the Bowflex SelectTech dumbbell. Several features of this piece of equipment set it apart from traditional weight sets. Primarily, it is designed to take up much less space than individual weights. SelectTech weights hold disks from five to 52.5 pounds each on one rod, supported by a stand that holds the disks that are not in use.

One simply turns a dial on the end of the rod to select how much weight he or she wants to lift. The unneeded disks are left on the stand while the disks needed to make that weight are locked onto the rod, ready for use. The dial eliminates the need for locking pins or clamps, making it easy to get the weight desired. The disks between five and 25 pounds increase in 2.5 pound increments. After that point, the weights increase in five-pound increments.

A plastic coating keeps the disks from banging into each other, thus reducing noise for a quieter workout. Another feature of the Bowflex SelectTech free weight system is its streamlined look, a departure from the standard weight set that usually ends up on the floor for their owners to trip over. Using a minimal amount of space, these dumbbells provide the same type of free weight workout that can be achieved with more cumbersome individual weight sets.

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