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Bowflex SelectTech 552i Dumbbells Bowflex SelectTech 552i Dumbbells
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Most weeks I will try and squeeze in a workout in between working and running around after a toddler, I normally grab the opportunity when the boy is taking a nap or has gone down to bed for the night.

The downside to this has aways been that the clattering and clanging noises I make whilst switching between weights risk waking the little shouty man, adding a level of distraction and anxiety I don’t need during my limited me time. The Bowflex SelectTech 552i Dumbbells take the hassle out of changing the weight thanks to the nifty selection dials feature, this allows you to swap between 2kg all the way though to 24kg in a super-fast way. The dumbbell slots easily into the stand, then simply rotate the dial at either end of the dumbbell to you desired weight and lift it out again with the new weights attached. Either end of the dumbbell can be adjusted individually so you could for example have one end heavier than the other.

This system effectively gives you 15 sets of weights all diminished down into a compact little unit, saving you space. This is great for me as previously I would have to hide mine under the sofa to stop my son getting hold them but with these, I can leave them out, twist them onto the heaviest weight and he doesn’t stand a chance of moving them (and neither do I), having said that a lock button might be handy to prevent accidents when he’s older and to help move them around the house if needed. They do come with storage straps and although these are highly secure they are a bit fiddly for day to day use, involving an hex key and screw, its more little bits that I don’t want laying around with a small child about.

The dumbbells are a little longer than the standard design, but this doesn’t have much of an impact on most workouts and if you need inspiration there are plenty of ideas to build-up those leg, back, chest, ab, shoulder and arm muscles on the free Bowflex SelectTech training App. My favourite thing after the speed of changing these weights is how much quieter they are, the durable moulding around the metal plates provides for a smooth lift-off and the even spacing stops them clanging against each other. The SelectTech 552i Dumbbells are perfect for home workouts, space saving and versatile, suitable for beginners and athletes alike, the only noises I have to worry about now is the bad language coming out of my mouth. RRP £429

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Quiet, compact, versatile and ultra-fast weight changes there is nothing not to love about these dumbbells.
  • Ultra-fast weight changes with a Turn of the Dial
  • Space saving
  • 15 sets of dumbbells in one
  • Wide weight range (2-24kg)
  • Free workout app
  • Premium grips