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Build a Better Dumbbell

I was at the local Galleria today and played around with the adjustable Bowflex dumbbells.

What. A Piece. Of Crap.

I guess everyone playing around with these things has completely destroyed the locking mechanisms.

We have engines that are starting to run on H2O, but we can’t design a set of kickass adjustable dumbbells? Oh yeah, and how about keeping the price UNDER $200? Hell, $100. How 'bout that?

they really are a piece of crap, thats why I bought powerblocks, expensive but they work good

I have a set of those dbs (bought them at Costco for $299 with stand) and I love them. They allow me to workout with my wife without taking the hassle of constantly removing and adding plates to my adjustables. I am now looking at the 1090s. If you take care of them, they are nice. If you are one of the db throwing jackasses, they won’t last long.

My guess is that you get a bunch of teenage clowns trying to pick up 25 lbs and then slamming them down in the stands.

I also have one of them there H2O cars you’re talking about. I don’t like it one bit - too sluggish. And finding a gas station to fill up is ridiculous. My cold fusion roadster is much better.

Were you serious with the H2O car thing?

DB

Anything by Bowflex is garbage in my opinion. It generally appeals to people that are watching infomercials at 2:00 am and decide they want to “get in shape”.

I think a good dumbbell has a larger diameter in the center of the handle. In other words, since an open palm is a bit concave, the tapered ends of the handle would fit the outside of the palm and the “bulge” would fill in the inside.

Some dumbbells are like this, but not enough. As far as curls go, they are much more comfortable.

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[quote]dollarbill44 wrote:
I have a set of those dbs (bought them at Costco for $299 with stand) and I love them. They allow me to workout with my wife without taking the hassle of constantly removing and adding plates to my adjustables. I am now looking at the 1090s. If you take care of them, they are nice. If you are one of the db throwing jackasses, they won’t last long.

My guess is that you get a bunch of teenage clowns trying to pick up 25 lbs and then slamming them down in the stands.

I also have one of them there H2O cars you’re talking about. I don’t like it one bit - too sluggish. And finding a gas station to fill up is ridiculous. My cold fusion roadster is much better.

Were you serious with the H2O car thing?

DB[/quote]

its called hydrogen fuel cells

[quote]Split wrote:
dollarbill44 wrote:
I have a set of those dbs (bought them at Costco for $299 with stand) and I love them. They allow me to workout with my wife without taking the hassle of constantly removing and adding plates to my adjustables. I am now looking at the 1090s. If you take care of them, they are nice. If you are one of the db throwing jackasses, they won’t last long.

My guess is that you get a bunch of teenage clowns trying to pick up 25 lbs and then slamming them down in the stands.

I also have one of them there H2O cars you’re talking about. I don’t like it one bit - too sluggish. And finding a gas station to fill up is ridiculous. My cold fusion roadster is much better.

Were you serious with the H2O car thing?

DB

its called hydrogen fuel cells[/quote]

Yup, GM invests a lot into companies with patents in these areas. Leading the field of research in Canada are Ballard Fuel Cell and Hydrogenics. Google them, its interesting stuff. I know that Hydrogenics already makes engines for golf carts on tourist islands in the Indian Ocean and UAE that run on water. Only for the rich :slight_smile: .

Not Just fuel cells. Theres some process of gathering electricity FROM hydrolysis now that briefly breaks the bonds of water to have free moving hydrogen and oxygen, which quickly forms back together into water. There’s some welding company that already sells welding arches that run on this and the guy who invented it made a ghetto ford escort run for 100 miles on a 9 volt and 4 oz of water.

[quote]Split wrote:
its called hydrogen fuel cells[/quote]

Hydrogen is not water.

[quote]tGunslinger wrote:
Split wrote:
its called hydrogen fuel cells

Hydrogen is not water.[/quote]

The goal is to separate the hydrogen from water on the fly…hence “water powered engine”.

[quote]FightingScott wrote:
Not Just fuel cells. Theres some process of gathering electricity FROM hydrolysis now that briefly breaks the bonds of water to have free moving hydrogen and oxygen, which quickly forms back together into water. There’s some welding company that already sells welding arches that run on this and the guy who invented it made a ghetto ford escort run for 100 miles on a 9 volt and 4 oz of water. [/quote]

this is the concept of a fuel cell. reverse hydrolysis. you will need to fuel the car by adding water.

Adjustable dumbbells. Great price. Durable. Easy to use.

Highly recommended.

Stick with the PowerBlocks, they’re the ONLY only way to go in my book…

[quote]powersavant wrote:
I was at the local Galleria today and played around with the adjustable Bowflex dumbbells.

What. A Piece. Of Crap.

I guess everyone playing around with these things has completely destroyed the locking mechanisms.

We have engines that are starting to run on H2O, but we can’t design a set of kickass adjustable dumbbells? Oh yeah, and how about keeping the price UNDER $200? Hell, $100. How 'bout that?[/quote]

[quote]Charles Staley wrote:
Stick with the PowerBlocks, they’re the ONLY only way to go in my book…
[/quote]

I agree that they’re the best thing out there now, but I still would like to see them (or someone) go heavier, and cheaper with the same concept.

Or at least allow more attachments that can be specially ordered for those who want to go heavier.

Actually, I just checked their website so I wouldn’t eat my words, and noticed they have a set that goes up to 130lbs. That’s pretty good, but $848 seems pretty steep to me.

I’d still like to see additional pieces that allow you to go as heavy as you want.

[quote]Charles Staley wrote:
Stick with the PowerBlocks, they’re the ONLY only way to go in my book…

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I disagree. The Ironmaster’s are far better.

They are not adjusted as quick as the Powerblocks, but for a few more seconds of adjusting, you get a set of dumbbells that are extremely durable and don’t cause problems when doing any type of exercise since they are a “normal” size (similar to the fixed dumbbells in most gyms).

[quote]SWR-1240 wrote:
Charles Staley wrote:
Stick with the PowerBlocks, they’re the ONLY only way to go in my book…

I agree that they’re the best thing out there now, but I still would like to see them (or someone) go heavier, and cheaper with the same concept.

Or at least allow more attachments that can be specially ordered for those who want to go heavier.

Actually, I just checked their website so I wouldn’t eat my words, and noticed they have a set that goes up to 130lbs. That’s pretty good, but $848 seems pretty steep to me.

I’d still like to see additional pieces that allow you to go as heavy as you want.[/quote]

Having the 130lb big block set I don’t think anything heavier would be a good idea.

If I had to go back I would stop at the 1-8 set (90lbs) and buy “real” dumbells for weights 100+

All I have are Metabolic Drive containers filled with quik-dri concrete and lead shot with rebar shot through them. This provided me with hours of entertainment making them and using them. It’s like cutting your own hair, It’s not very functional but it’s funny.

-chris

powerblocks are SHIT they suck,checkout ironmaster.com they are tuff as nails no plastic i have had mine for 8 years.