I’ve been looking into the possibility of developing a dumbell rack that helps with the handling of dumbell weights while doing sets. Usually when body builders think of dumbell racks, they think of dumbell storage racks for hex-shaped racks. I’m not talking storage racks, but of the actual rack that will assist a person to position themselves in front (or underneath) of the dumbells before lifting them and allow them to rest the dumbells after each set done (like what the traditional barbell rack does for a person for preloading of weights and self spotters).
There are several designs of these types of machines/racks, but so far none will do the job like I’d want them to due to design limitations. Some of the designs I’ve come across are not even being produced (perhaps due to dis-interest or because other weight lifters didn’t like how they worked or bad marketing or all of these problems).
Several months ago I searched for a machine that would hold my dumbells in place so that I could lay down on the bench, get underneath of them and then lift them off the rack to do reps. I did find this one simple weight accessory called POWER HOOKS. Some people like them (according to testimonies). I bought them.
They do hold the dumbell, but the power hooks are a bit clunky and make the dumbell handle a bit uncomfortable because of design limitations. I suppose one could just put up with it and get use to the way they work. Trouble is, if I end up not being able to push the dumbells back up to starting position, I get a bit trapped with heavy dumbells while laying down. Then I’d need to wrestle a bit with the dumbells to get them off of me so I could sit up and put them on the floor. I imagine other lifters have similar situations (yes/no?). Every lifter has their own way of getting through this snaffoo.
I for one am not satisfied with that solution. That’s when I started thinking and doing research into various past and present dumbell rack designs to see what designs have been done. So far I haven’t found the design I’m after and that brings me to the point where I’d like to develop my own dumbell rack product.
I have several questions for all here (hope to get some response) :). And perhaps there is some helpful feedback from experienced lifters too.
How interested would you be in a product that helped you lift dumbells more safely in various exercises and get you started in safer positions to avoid injury due to hiking up dumbells while laying down on a bench. How much would you pay for such a machine if it was truly helpful or even revolutionary in design. It would not be smart to design a product, get patents, and spend lots of money to get it into production without some user feedback.
The main issue is for people to avoid unsafe positions and movements that could potentially incur minor or major injury due to straining and awkward movements. Anything ?can? be done without training aids, but you increase your risks to injury very much when you include movements that are unsafe because you can’t avoid them. Trying to get up from a dumbell bench press could make lifters hurt their backs in the process even if it’s just a minor pull in the back muscle or minor spinal pinch.
I know many lifters tend to ignor these sorts of small pains as they subside within several hours or a couple days. Lifters try to control the movement of getting up after a set in such a way so as to make the movement smooth enough in an attempt to prevent injury to the back. This to me is Russian Roulette with the spine. At some point all those little back pinches and back muscle pulls are gonna result with back problems down the road.
Yet heavy dumbell exercises are essential for varying your workout routines and they hit certain stabilizer muscles that normally don’t get hit the same way as with barbell routines. In fact I’ve found that heavy dumbell shoulder shrugs feel safer than heavy barbell shrugs, but it would be safer to not have to lift them from the floor each time.
Side point: Which do you prefer? Dumbell w/bar integrated (hex weights) or seperate dumbell weights & dumbell bars.
Me, I like the flexibility of seperate dumbell weights and bars.
FYI: This is primarily a product that would be used by lifters who want to lift at home (like me) though I imagine a Gym industrial version could be developed for Gyms too (and for people who want top notch features and don’t mind paying a bit more for it). I want the home version of this product to be able to handle up to 300 lb dumbells (600 lbs. for both dumbells). I figure anyone who can do more than that is far and few in between and would want the industrial gym version.