BowFlex SelectTech 552

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells

Making your work out your own is the key to a great work out. Well to make it your own you need the proper equipment. P90X has become one of the top work out programs for at home use, but it is harder for people who use fixed-weight dumbbells because there is little time to rest in-between each set. Many reviews say this model is the best adjustable dumbbell sets you can buy to achieve that P90X body.


  • Combines 15 sets of weights into one
  • Comes with a two year warranty on parts and plates
  • Adjusts from 5 to 52.5 pounds in 2.5 pound increments (up to 25 pounds)
  • Saves on space
  • Comes with a free BowFlex SelectTech work out dvd
  •  Comes with storage trays
  • Dimensions: 15.75 inches long by 8 inches wide by 9 inches tall

The Battle

You have spent hours on the computer debating on which type of adjustable dumbbell is right for you. You need one that can save you money, space, and will last a long time. Although this model one of the more expensive options it combines more weights into one system than any other adjustable dumbbell set.Compared to the PowerBlock SportBlock; which only gives you a total of 49 pounds; the BowFlex SelectTech 552 gives you up to 113 pounds. Let’s say you do not have a lot of room in your house/apartment, the BowFlex system can easily fit into a closet or even under your bed. Watch out though, if the sock gnomes’ start lifting you will never find anything. A downfall of this product is that it is made mostly of composite plastic. The pieces can break easier than say your mostly metal products. Also if you shift the weights while adjusting they may stick and not adjust properly. Other than that this merchandise is one of the easiest to use.

Who Do You Trust

Nautilus Incorporated makes and markets the BowFlex brand. Nautilus has also branded Schwinn®, BowFlex®, Universal®, and Nautilus®.  Since they became a trademark business in May 1999 they have been awarded “Fit-Friendly Company” by the American Heart Association, “Healthiest Employer” by the Portland Business Journal, and also won one of the top work places in 2013 for Oregon and south west Washington.Their site is secured by McAfee so that you can make online purchases safely. Global headquarters is located in Vancouver, Washington and their products are made in China. They have achieved a lot of great recognition the past few years but since they opened they have recalled eight different products. A few of them are:

  • Ultimate® 2 Home Gym in 2007
  • BowFlex® PowerPro with lat tower fitness machines in 2004
  • Nautilus® NT 1020 Adjustable Fitness Bench in 2005

The last recall was the BowFlex® SelectTech 1090 on June 6th 2012. Even though they have recalled products they have gotten better at putting better quality at home exercise equipment in your homes.

The Making Of

With this particular merchandise you have fifteen different weight sets in one. With the turn of a dial you can choose between 5 and 25.2 pounds. 2.5 increment are used up to 25 pounds then it switches to 5 pound increments. This allows you to easily shift from beginner and expert lifting.When you turn the dial to the desired weight the metal clips lock that much into place and when you lift up it will leave all the extra weight behind. Each side of one dumbbell can be set to different weights which can make you feel uneven. Another thing that can make you feel off is that it is longer than conventional dumbbells with a fifteen inch length.Made of mostly composite plastic, you may more frenquently break off pieces. Even the storage trays are plastic. That’s what the two year warranty covers; broken pieces and plates. With this being not so durable you do not want to drop this on the floor after a hard work out.It is not that the floors will be harmed but the equipment can. You cannot push down to hard or you may harm the product. On the plus side the handle is covered so you do not hurt your hands. The color scheme is all black with a top center strip of red which makes it more pleasing to the eye.

One More Rep

Overall this merchandise is the top competitor when choosing what type of adjustable dumbbell to buy. It is comfortable in your hand, simple to use, and makes P90X a lot more stress-free. Combining fifteen different weights into one, plus the dial system, makes changing from beginner to expert lifter a chinch. If you do not have a lot of room in your home for exercise equipment the storage trays help you hide them away out of plain view. So if your bulking up for summer or just because, the BowFlex SelectTech 552 pair is the highway to a better, healthier you.