As general fitness goes dumbbells are a great way of exercising the different muscles that are held within the body so for around 30 pounds I have able to obtain these from amazon.
When the box arrived I has really happy at the fact they came in a neat and tidy box that was easy to store away and to generally keep tidy. This is always a problem with any sort of gym equipment and due to not having a room put aside for my gym alone,this always a concern.
The weights themselves are steel which is great. This is absolutely great and I would therefore suggest that these arn't bought for children bedrooms as a result. In addition the screws thread incredible well which I did note not a not of people noted which I have always had a problem with when doing excises. The rods themselves are fairly thick and have a textured finished which does make it easier I find myself,but this is an incredible personal thing which I think is something other people may find annoying.
In addition I do like the fact that they are 4 x 0.5kg plates , 4 x 1.25kg plates and 4 x 2.5kg plates this flexibility means that there great for a starter kit for teenagers and there great for older adults looking o use them for things such as leg raises. But saying this for bicip work I would say for most people these weights are simple not big enough and it might be useful to put all the weight onto one bar which I personally don't ever do.
After from the lack of the big weights the set in really very good for most and me being a women I find them incredible good but for guys it might not be as great
When I was 18 I was a weedy little kid so I decided I wanted to bulk up a little and started to do some weight training. I went out and got this dumbbell set.
I paid around £25 from argos for this dumbell set and I can't complain at the price.
+++What you get+++
In the box you get everything you need to get started, weight totalling 20kg, the metal bars and the screws to secure the weights.
You also receive a little guide showing a few exercises which I found useful when starting out.
I love that the weights are easily changed. The metal bar has a screw either side that is easily removed and tightened to keep the weights in place.
To change the weight just remove the screw and slide the weights on and off as required. It is really simple and one of the reasons why I chose this set of dumbbells.
One point I would make is that after a while, the screws do become loose so after each set I tend to tighten them up. They won't ever fall off but the weights may move around after a while which isn't ideal. I can put up with this if it means adding and removing weight is simple.
I feel that this dumbbell set is fine for beginners, I still use it but mainly for lots of reps on a small weight. If I was interested in bulking up further they I would need to buy more weights. It is a shame that they don't come with more weights but 20kg should be enough for beginners.
I wouldn't recommend this product to people who go to the gym or are already lifting quite alot but if you are a beginner, then this is a good place to start.
*What are they*
The Body Power set is an adjustable set of dumbbells up to 20kg. The set includes:
- 4 x 0.5kg plates
- 4 x 1.25kg plates
- 4 x 2.5kg plates
- 4 x spinlock collars
- 2 x bars
The spinlock collars provide a quick and safe way of securing weights onto the bar, the rubber washer on the inside enhancing grip and preventing the weight from moving around and making noise during use.
Set myself a routine to use the weights, when I purchased the weights I was already in half decent shape so went straight to the 10kg on each dumbbell but the great thing about these is the option of starting lower and progressing up to 10kg if need be. I overloaded the dumbbells to around 15kg when doing bicep curls as I only needed on weight at a time which was another great feature.!
The disadvantage of such a set is that 10kg isn't a huge amount. So if you are looking at doing exercises with both dumbbells then the ceiling is set low at 10kg, this is why I call it a great starter set. The second issue is the rubber washers on the spinlocks don't exactly prevent the weights slipping as they are advertised to do. This can cause of bit of clanging when doing exercises and means you have to tighten them every time you pick them up. The bars are quite abrasive on the bare hands but are fine with gloves on. Lastly the set is fairly expensive when you consider it to be a 2 X 10kg set of dumbbells. You could pick up two 10kg weights for around £20 or slightly less instead on the £30 set we have here.
An excellent starter set. On the expensive side but the versatility of weights is good for those starting out and progressing. Wouldn't recommend them to a friend and for that reason can only really give the product 3 stars.
I brought these, to assure to myself that I could stick to my routine. Basically I had to do 6 weeks of exercise with these every other day and after the 6 weeks i'd get a gym membership as I knew I was dedicated to it.
My first experience of these however were awful, I opened them and they STUNK like really bad. But soon realised it was the box they were in so I took them out and chucked the box away.
They're good weight numbers so with the right mix you can gain a steady progression. They're totally central which helps a lot for lifting and they were quite fun to use. The poster which comes with them which shows all the difference exercises you can do with them was useful to. They're very good weights!
Only negative (apart from smell of the box) is that the rubber bits which stops the weights moving around and muffles any sound sometimes sticks to the weights even when you take them off so it's easy to lose them.
I used to have a set of these, 20kg dumbells. Basically what you get in a plastic box is the following:
2 metal "rods" that act as handgrips
4 screw locks (little star shaped bits of metal that are used the hold the weights in)
And some weights, combining in total to 20kg. There are 12 weights in total, (4x2.5kg, 4x1.25g, and 4x0.5kg or something like that if I remember correctly). The handles themselves bought the total weight up to 20kg
Overall then, what do I make of this?
Well for starters, the weights are actually metal, not plastic you have to fill with sand or something like that. At full price expect to pay in the region of £20-£30, and I couldn't find anything cheaper where the weights themselves were made out of metal. The spinlocks and handles and weights all feel very well made and do not feel like they are going to fall apart.
However, the problem I had with these was that 10kg per dumbell isn't "that" much, and it is just cheaper to buy 2x 10kg dumbells. For a female, or someone new to weight lifting, these may help to begin with, but 10kg is sort of a low "limit". I am no fitness guru or expert, but you kinda get up to 10kg easily, its the bits afterwards where it really starts getting tough.
Overall then, advantages are that its very well made, and well prices, but sadly this kit could benefit with having more weights. Even if they sold the other weights seperately, it might be ok, but as far as I am aware they do not. Therefore, this really is for "families" who need to share using a variety of weights, or for people who are quite new to lifting weights. I have to be honest, I dont lift anymore, but when I was new, it took me about 10 weeks or so to reach above 10kg. Seems a bit of a shame to buy a kit just to use it for 10 weeks? Therefore I give this 3/5
Bodypower 20kg Cast Iron Dumbbell Set