Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells

05 Nov

I am a cyclist, not a bodybuilder. I lift weights to develop core strength, not because I enjoy it. I have no delusions about appearing on the cover of Men’s Health Magazine (though I am still holding out for Archaeology Today). Exercising outside in the snow and ice beats an indoor workout any day of the week. That being said, one of the best investments I’ve ever made in my health was the purchase of a pair of Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells.

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells

Each Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbell adjusts from 5 to 52.5 pounds (in 2.5-pound increments up to the first 25 pounds). Because of the beautifully designed dial system you can change the weight of a dumbbell in a matter of seconds. Each dumbbell has fifteen different weight settings available (5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 15, 17.5, 20, 22.5, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, and 52.5 pounds).

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells

Just dial in the weight you want and lift!

To select the desired weight for a dumbbell all you have to do is turn two dials—one at each end of the dumbbell. As you pull up on the handle the unneeded weights stay in the storage tray. In several months of use this product has functioned perfectly. You can switch weights on these dumbbells faster than you can on a resistance machine or when using resistance bands.

A little over ten years ago, when I decided to regain control of my health, I took up cycling and bought a rather large home gym that took up a lot of space in my family room. I got rid of that machine two years ago mainly because of the time we lost power during a blizzard and couldn’t use the fireplace to heat the house because the home gym was in the way (it was a big machine). After getting rid of the monster machine I started using resistance bands for strength training—they do a decent job of maintaining muscle tone, but I never showed any real progress while using them. The Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbells work far better than I expected and I would highly recommend them to anyone. They take up very little room and are a pleasure to work with. This product also comes with a DVD that shows how to correctly perform over 30 exercises.

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells

Bowflex Dumbells are really easy to use

I purchased my Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbells at a brick-and-mortar Dick’s Sporting Goods store. I went into the store with the intention of buying the PowerBlock Classic Adjustable Dumbbell Set, but didn’t like the way they felt in my hands. The Bowflex set has a very comfortable grip and after trying out both sets there was no question that I wanted the Bowflex. The suggested retail price of these weights is $450, but Dick’s Sporting Goods sells them for $400. However, I wish I would have checked first—they sell the set for $300 and offer free shipping!

Bowflex SelectTech 2-in-1 Stand

Bowflex SelectTech 2-in-1 Stand

If you decide to purchase the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells I would highly recommend that you also buy the Bowflex SelectTech 2-in-1 Stand. This stand holds your dumbbells at a comfortable height and makes using the weights a lot easier than if you keep them on the floor. This stand retails for $170, but I bought mine from for only $135 (including free shipping). This stand comes unassembled, but it took less than 30 minutes to put together. It also has a small towel rack to keep you from throwing a wet towel on the floor.


Posted by on November 5, 2012 in Product Reviews


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40 responses to “Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells

  1. Casie

    November 5, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    That’s pretty cool!

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      November 5, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      Thanks! I think you would like these a lot.

      • Casie

        November 5, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        They seem very convenient to have around.

  2. The Convivial Coach

    November 5, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    I’ve been looking at these for awhile now, but I think I want the 1090s a little heavier version…also more expensive (300.00) on amazon. Good post.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      November 5, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      I didn’t know about the 1090’s until after I bought the 552s. And yes, I would like a little more weight for lunges and squats.

  3. BikeWar

    November 5, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Great review! That’ll go on my Christmas list. I’m using tradtional iron dumbells for maintenance and not to bulk up. I’ve also incorporated P90X into my training regime – mostly body weight exercises.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      November 5, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      These are real space savers — I think they are perfect for the P90X army!

  4. Carrie

    November 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    I’ve seen these all over, and I’ve always wondered how well they work. Maybe Santa will bring me a set. ;)

  5. Rhea

    November 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Are you an archaeologist when you’re not in the saddle? That is so cool!

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      November 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      No, but I have been known to spend a lot of time photographing archaeological sites in the Levant (though my travel plans to that part of the world are on hold at the moment due to civil unrest in the area).

  6. Tracy Wilkins

    November 5, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    I’ve got those as well. Had ‘em for 2 years now with both the stand and the matching bench. Added to the treadmill and spinning bike in the empty bedroom, they make a nifty little home gym. We don’t need a fitness center membership anymore.

    If I was really serious about lifting, I would probably need the heavier set, as I’m maxed out on some of the presses I do, but at this point these are meeting my needs quite well.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      November 5, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      Couldn’t have said it better myself — if I was serious about lifting I would get the heavier set.

  7. isaac976

    November 6, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    Awesome dumbbells to begin with , but $300 bucks is a pretty much too hefty for my pocket.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      November 6, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      They are certainly not the cheapest on the market, but I didn’t have room for a whole rack of individual dumbbells. After using them a while I have decided they are well worth the price (at least for me).

      • isaac976

        November 6, 2012 at 7:57 PM

        Seen those type of dumbbells 1st Gen I think in a Jackie Chan movie. always wanted to get one. Am glad your happy with yours.

        • All Seasons Cyclist

          November 6, 2012 at 8:07 PM

          Wow! Jackie Chan and I have something in common!

  8. Shonnie

    November 6, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    I am gonna look into those. My hubby and I love lifting. I squatt about 240. I can’t remember how much his spendly legs work, but on the machine it is pretty heavy. I am working my way up to squatting without a machine.

    These would so help with that. Thanks for sharing. I like working outside more too. :)

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      November 6, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      I think (but am not certain) that most people can lift more with a machine than free weights. For me, the biggest weight difference is when doing squats! I maxed out the resistance machine at 340 pounds, but can’t do near that with free weights.

      • Shonnie

        November 6, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        exactly. That doesn’t surprise me with all the riding you do. I know that squats help my cycling–especially when powering up hills. :D Now we use free-weights-type machine so you can add more and more on the ” real machines” I use. Not sure what it is called.

        I just have a bum knee and three inuries to my spine so I have to build up high on the machines and then start really low on free weights. I can squat 25 or 30 pounds right now with dumbell weights like you were showing.

      • All Seasons Cyclist

        November 6, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        Spinal problems and squats don’t sound like a good combination (at least at first). Hope things go well!

  9. jennsmidlifecrisis

    November 6, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Archaeology Today, huh? They still look imposing compared to my little green 5 pounders! The stand is a great idea…just wish it had a cup holder for my tea (I know…I’m supposed to drink water…)

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      November 6, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      Since tea is a diuretic I try to avoid it while exercising — it tends to interrupt my sets. :)

  10. Cherry

    November 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    probably the most expensive dumbbells I’ve seen! Mine are let’s see ….. $10 each? haha. Is it $400 each or for a set.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      November 6, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      But remember, this is the same as getting 30 different dumbbells — and the heavier ones cost a lot more than $10 each. For example, a single 40 pound dumbbell sells for around $55 in my area. Also, think of how much space 30 dumbbells would take up!

      • Cherry

        November 6, 2012 at 5:04 PM

        True true. I guess this also shows how weak my arms are … didn’t know 40lbs are up around that price range. Wow!

  11. ka239671

    November 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    I think this is one of the best ways to go when purchasing dumbbells for the long run!

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      November 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      It is certainly the most cost effective considering how expensive the heavier weights are.

  12. ironphysicaltherapy

    November 8, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    These dumbbells are great, I use them in my physical therapy office.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      November 8, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      Glad to hear it! The price is not too bad considering how much it would cost to buy 30 dumbbells.

  13. runnerheather

    November 8, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    As someone who enjoys lifting weights, those look awesome!

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      November 8, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      They seem to work well for me — and they don’t take up the whole basement.

  14. health advocation

    November 9, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    I have a set similar to these, I love how convenient they are! and they take up little space-bonus!

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      November 10, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      And it is a lot less expensive that buying a whole rack of individual dumbbells.

  15. patriciaddrury

    November 15, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    We got rid of the free weights and shifted to these a couple of years ago, we love them… dialing is easy!!!

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      November 15, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      Using these dumbbells is even faster than using my old resistance machine — I love them!

  16. Alycia

    December 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    These look pretty awesome. I’m getting tired of buying new dumbells on Amazon every time I move up 5lbs haha.

    • All Seasons Cyclist

      December 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      Buying a heavier pair of dumbbells every time you make progress can end up being expensive. You never know, you might end up being the new female weightlifting champion (you really wouldn’t want that though).

      • Alycia

        December 4, 2012 at 7:18 PM

        It is… they go up in price the heavier they get. Haha I don’t think I’d want that – I’ll just stick with my self-set goals :) My push up challenge is going really well! Did 25 today.


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