You can’t spell buff without dumbbells. An essential and basic piece of equipment in any gym, whether home or commercial, you just can’t go without them. However, when thinking about home gyms, the situation is different. You don’t have that much space to work with, hence having an overbearing number of weights laying around is an impossibility; not to mention how many times you’ve bumped your toes into one of these veritable masses of cast iron.
But, worry not, fellow home gym guy, there is a solution. Let me introduce you to Bowflex's Selectech 1090 dumbbell set.
Now, I said this was a set, and it really is, so that means a lot of metal or rubber disks lying on the floor. The question is, how is this set special when compared to other sets? Well, Bowflex made it their duty to deliver unto you a set that is both compact and comprehensive. With 1090 you will never again need to buy additional plates, and you certainly won’t have them lying around. This is the result of the set’s innovative design and quick and smart thinking by the manufacturer.
So, what’s the secret? The secret is in the rotary selector that mounts and dismounts plates from the handlebar.
Disadvantages of Dumbbells
The main thing about weights is that, they were either cast in their present shape so you couldn’t adjust them, or you had to have a bunch of plates that you would put onto the bar, and then use a nut to lock them in place. The problem with the first is the un-adjustability and with the others the lack of reliability on the part of the nut, where the plates and the nut might slip off. With 1090, you will have the entirety of the plates set in a sort of mold for them, where you would put the handle, then press a button, and turn a dial to set the weight. The machine will automatically lock the corresponding plates in place and you can begin the workout. You can adjust the weight from 10 pounds, increasing by 5 pounds, all the way up to 90 pounds in total.
Advantages of Bowflex
The main advantage of this system is that it is compact. There is no need to reserve space for the dumbbells or plates, and the entire mold with the handle and the plates will be very easy to store. This means no mess, no weights strewn around, and no mother or roommate freaking out about all the weights lying around that you’re not using anyway. The set also has an option of an added stand so you can rest the mold on it, further facilitating the compact nature of the set.
The second advantage of this system is that it significantly reduces your spending. Alright, I must admit, the set itself may seem a little pricey, even more so if you get the very convenient stand with them, but considering what it would cost to buy the dumbbells separately it is 1/2 the price. The entire setup cost $614.11 which includes an exercise DVD, where as to buy the dumbbells separately it will cost you over $1200. Considering this, the 1090 set comes as a much better bargain.
That being said, these dumbbells also act as a confidence booster. If you’re too shy to go to the gym, because of your “scrawny” arms, and fear lacerating looks from the persons present, you can completely avoid it with this set. Basically, what you’re doing here is, you’re bringing the gym to you. This also holds true if you’re uninterested in the machines and you only need the dumbbells for your exercise routine, and you want to avoid paying the monthly gym membership fee.
With the Bowflex selectech 1090 dumbbell set, you will have a complete and comprehensive piece of equipment to work out with, and with a little effort on your part, you can steal looks with your incredible physique without spending a day in the gym – it will be as if you went down into your basement a weakly dude, and come out magically transformed into a monster.
With all these significant improvements over the other products on the market, Bowflex is taking the world by storm. Their 1090 system was introduced back in 2011, and 6 years after, it still holds as much relevance as it did back when it first came out. However, the system is not perfect. There have been numerous reports that there is a problem with the rotary mechanism, and with the button. The button would get stuck, and that would prevent the rotary mechanism from locking. This, in turn, can be quite dangerous, as the plates have a wedge where the handle goes, and without proper locking the plate can slide off and hit you. That being said, Bowflex made improvements since 2011 in order to ensure no harm comes to the users, refining their system and the locking mechanism.
All in all, Bowflex 1090 dumbbell set is one of the best dumbbell sets on the market, and for several reasons: it takes little space, allowing for easier storage, allows for working out at home and in a more confined space, and saves you a bunch of cash for when you need to upgrade. Like I said, the system may seem pricey, but that is nothing compared to the expense and the mess you face with standard dumbbells.