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Powerblocks..anyone else use them

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Powerblocks..anyone else use them

I went from a bowflex to free weights lately,the bowflex provided a excellent range of excercises but it has it limits,it's not a true weight when working out so if you can do 200lbs of powerrods it's really like 125 on plates.For those interested the powerblocks are excellent adjustable bells,the handle isn't tapered like the adjustable blowflex ones so it has a more natural grip,also you the option of going 1/2 lbs adjustmentst.It's made to last for sure.Get a good bench and you got a mini gym that offers a good range of workouts.The bells is not as convenient as a bowflex but it's more natural than a powerrods system.Highly recommend the PB to anyone who wants adjustable weight...
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I use them as well mainly because I want to save money from keep buying dumbbells and save space. They can adjust the weight rather quickly instead of conventional disk weight swapping.
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yeah going back to freeweights I can tell Im getting faster results than on the Bowflex.I been back on freeweight the last three weeks and I notice Im bulking up more and feeling more muscle burn after a workout.

http://www.powerblock.com/
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I haven't used them.
Was looking to pick up either the Sport 5.0 or 5.5.
Since my wife would be using them too, the 5.5 look to be a better set.

The local dealer is asking $350 for the 5.0 and $450 for the 5.5.
Are these prices similar to what you guys had received.

Thanks.
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I haven't used them but did try these at the treadmillfactory Markham showroom and felt awkward. I guess I'm just use to standard dumbells at the gym.

http://www.treadmillfactory.ca/?goto=vi ... d_prod=703
or
http://www.treadmillfactory.ca/?goto=vi ... d_prod=789

But there was a problem with the sleeves in the cheaper one for $489 but can't remember what the sales person told me and the second one did feel better but a lot more expensive. I ended picking up a set of Polyurethane dumbells instead.
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Lipton wrote:
Oct 7th, 2009 6:50 pm
I haven't used them.
Was looking to pick up either the Sport 5.0 or 5.5.
Since my wife would be using them too, the 5.5 look to be a better set.

The local dealer is asking $350 for the 5.0 and $450 for the 5.5.
Are these prices similar to what you guys had received.

Thanks.
I like my powerblocks. The two annoyances are not being able to do full wrist curls and having to stick small things in between the weights to prevent them from making a slight clanging noise.

I didn't like other adjustable weights at all since they are far too wide/long and unweildy.

The 5.0's are $328 at fitnessdepot.ca

If going above $400, I'd go $418 for the "PowerBlock Sport 9.0 Dumbbells, Stage I (5 - 50 lbs)", since they can be added on to with "PowerBlock Sport Stage II Kit for 9.0, 55-90 lbs)" for $288 at a later time.
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Powerblocks are great. I have had mine for a few years now and wouldn't trade them for anything. Even bought my wife a set of sportblocks last year
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sdee33 wrote:
Oct 7th, 2009 10:19 pm
If going above $400, I'd go $418 for the "PowerBlock Sport 9.0 Dumbbells, Stage I (5 - 50 lbs)", since they can be added on to with "PowerBlock Sport Stage II Kit for 9.0, 55-90 lbs)" for $288 at a later time.
Damn. This, along with the wrist curl problem, is my biggest beef with powerblocks. A pair of old fashioned 100 lb adjustable dumbells is well under $200, but I gotta pay four times as much for the minor convenience of quick change? Wow.

It's too bad we haven't seen a product from China help drive down prices. 90 lbs of steel is 90 lbs of steel. It can't cost that much to weld a few pieces together.
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Feb 13, 2009
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I'm looking into starting up some sort of fitness regime myself and have been researching the multiple types of selectorized dumbbells.

I stumbled across the Titan dumbbells....http://www.titanweights.com/

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I like the idea of the quick adjustable dial
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Does anyone have any experience with theses, or camparison notes to share? Are they available in Canada? Toronto area to be more specific.
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May 31, 2008
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Pottertons wrote:
Mar 5th, 2010 4:59 am
I'm looking into starting up some sort of fitness regime myself and have been researching the multiple types of selectorized dumbbells.

I stumbled across the Titan dumbbells
I like the idea of the quick adjustable dial


Does anyone have any experience with theses, or camparison notes to share? Are they available in Canada? Toronto area to be more specific.
They seem like powerblocks with easier weight selection. Wonder why they aren't more popular? They look good to me in theory, but they would be even better if they were expandable to 100lbs+ or so

Found one "review" on youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdlsKiW-5w4&NR=1

And review posts (probably advertising):
http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=538698

http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthrea ... =117206481


The BodyForce owner is this medieval knight dude:

whois titanweights.com
Administrative Contact:
Chermack, Tristan
Email: tristan@thelostboys.org

http://thelostboys.org/tristan/tristan.html


And I'm not sure why the main page dude is holding the weights upside down.

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Maybe they just need better marketing and distribution, or ....
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Anybody else has used these looking for more info.
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A 300 lb Olympic barbell set is a better use of your money.
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I've got the 5-90lb set of powerblocks and I love them. I used to have the bowflex up to 52lbs but eventually outgrew those
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I've got the Ironmaster adjustable's and find these are the best ones I've ever used.
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