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Perfect for the Home Gym, Easy to adjust, Durable, Affordable, Size efficient.
on January 18, 2017
Just to start off, I did not buy this product from Amazon but from a local sporting store near me. I have had the BowFlex 552 since January 2013 and it has been heavily used for the past 4 years by myself, wife, family members as well as many friends. I did not just open the box and write a review just because, this product as been in heavy use for the past 4 years with VERY minor issues.
Short review: Buy this product if you need weights in your home gym. It works, no issues with mine.
I bought the Bowflex 552 because I wanted my own home gym with quality equipment that didn't require me to take out loans. I got tired of going out to the bigger gyms and paying all of the membership fees (40-60 bucks for me/wife per month--that's about 5-700 bucks per year) and figured that it will be cheaper and easier if we just worked out at home. This dumbbell paid itself off within less than 6 months and is still in use after 4 years. Product was just cost efficient, picture buying all of the dumbbells by itself and look at the price. Cheapest single 50 pound dumbbell I found online was running 45 bucks (Jan 2017), do the math and compare it with the Bowflex 552 with all of its weight options. I'm sure you will see that the Bowflex is the most affordable route to go with.
I also chose the Bowflex 552 because of the ability to change weights from 5 pounds all the way up to 52.5 pounds with the ease of "Just turning a knob". It really was that easy. Other comparable dumbbells requires you to either pull out all pins, then readjust, and push all pins back into a tiny hole or twist off all screws and attach more weights on. It was just a bit too time consuming for me, I just want to push/pull/lift and not worry about it. The Bowflex was also small enough to put anywhere in the house. Picture buying a full set of dumbbells weights, where the heck are you gonna put it? Do you know how much space a full set of dumbbells will take? The Bowflex's overall length is approx 17 inches and width is approx 8 inches. You can put the Bowflex anywhere around your house, garage, bedroom, heck -- go workout in your bathroom, I don't care. The Bowflex is size efficient.
There are some minor complaints though. Do not drop the weights, they might come apart from the unit. Small issue but this can be said to all adjusting weight dumbbells. Take care of the equipment and it will take care of you, look at my photos. The Bowflex still looks brand new even after 4 years of heavy usage. The overall length of the dumbbell is pretty long, approx 16 inches in length. Small changes and adjustments on your desired exercise might have to change, another small issue.
2. Durability, 4 years of heavy usage and it still looks brand new
3. Space efficient
4. Easy to adjust
5. Adjustable Weight options from 5 pounds to 52.5 pounds
1. Overall length of the dumbbell requires small changes on desired exercise
2. Cannot drop, small issue for me
Overall, this is a good buy if you are looking to add anything to your home gym. I am a satisfied customer and have recommended these to a lot of people. If you enjoyed my review and though it was helpful, Please Press the YES button below. A simple click below will help me know what else to review next time. Thanks. --JY