Weightlifting Workout Gear – PowerBlocks

November 18, 2009 by  
Filed under Gym Equiment, Stay-Fit Bug Shop, The Fitness Bug

As the winter month’s creep in I would assume that many of you are running back indoors like scaredy cats to start your winter home weightlifting workouts.  If so then I know that your main concern will be to maintain the fine physique that you have built throughout the year.

To do so you will need home gym equipment that will allow you to do that, regardless of the type of exercise that you do.

When I first started to workout in my teen years, I didn’t have much money, along with all my other teenage buddies at the time.  And all of us put money together to build our own home gym, which actually ended up just being in a garage or bedroom.

But there was one issue that always bugged us when it came to building an area that we could actually workout in?

SPACE!

There just wasn’t enough of it, and unless you live in a decent sized house, this will be an issue for quite a few of you reading this too. There are various types of equipment that will take up space in your home weights room more than others, but apart from the weights bench (Which is more of a necessary fixture) One of the pieces of equipment that takes up the most space are dumbbells, barbells and weights racks.

For a while I pretty much just got used to that, but when I flew overseas and stayed in a friends (spacious) apartment, I noticed this tiny radiator/ power bomb looking thing over in the corner of the room.  And I later found out that it was a set of,

Powerblocks

So not only did the thing look cool, I also found out that it can stack a massive 90lbs of weight (on each hand) all within its compact size!

What! Are you serious! How does that work?

Yea, I’m serious. I won’t bother go  into a deep level of detail of how I started to use them just yet, but these are the essentials of how the Powerblocks work.

It is made up of 3 parts

The core – The PowerBlock handle

This fits inside the first weight. The first weight fits inside the second weight, the second weight fits inside the third weight and so on.

The weight selector pin

This slides into the sides of the PowerBlock just like the pin on a weight stack. When you lift the weight, all of the weights above the selector pin are lifted at the same time. When you are done with the exercise, you place the block back in the middle of the unused weights.

All quite simple, as all good things should be.

Now I am not going to get overly happy and start telling you that you should sell your iron free weights and persuade the bosses of your local gyms to do the same and replace them with Powerblocks. That’s a bit extreme. But what I will tell you to do is to replace or sell your dumbbells for the Powerblocks. As I am going to be bold enough to say that it is that good of a solution for your home gym workouts and will allow you to perform all of those exercises that you do in the gym, but with some added benefits.

Check the stats

  • Saves space
  • Eliminates the time delay of changing weights caused by using ordinary dumbbells
  • Is safe and secure to use (Which was a main concern)
  • Has a magnet in place to prevent the weights slipping (A never ending problem with ordinary dumbbells)
  • Provides wrist support

(As most of you may have experienced, when you lift dumbbells and if you are a natural skinny guy, it sometimes feels like your wrists are going to snap. This solves that problem)

Don’t be cheap

It is a true saying that saving money is a smart man’s move, regardless of who you are. But being cheap will only hurt you in the long run because,

1) You can’t visualise the goal of increasing the weight   (Which we know you will want to do) as the max weight won’t be present.

2) You will actually end up wasting more time and possibly money, buying additional weights.

3) Will have a non-efficient workout routine and goal from the off.

The weights coming in 5 sizes

* 3-24 lbs
* 5-50 lbs
* 2.5-55 lbs
* 2.5-90 lbs
* 2.5-130 lbs

And you can buy a 50lb set for around $250. But you are better off going for the full set which I found on Amazon.com for $687.00. You can check that out here.

PowerBlock Elite 90 Adjustable 5 to 90-Pounds per Dumbbell Set

If you do so then you know that set will be an asset for years to come, and when it comes to your yearly winter home workout, you won’t think twice about what you need to prepare for when it comes to dumbbell exercises.

You’ve seen the pictures and you’ve read about me babbling on about the Powerblocks, now here’s a video of them in action.

And the promised ‘dumbbell only’ weightlifting routine.

Have you used any dumbbell alternatives?

Have you already used the Powerblocks?

Got Questions, comments or even feedback? Hit me down in the comments section.

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