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    Powerblocks a good choice?

    I think all I'll need is the set of 50lb dumbells that are adjustable. I heard its not too bulky, and the price is reasonable. After I surpass 50lb for each would it be better off getting a barbell? Once you add the 90lb expansion the thing starts looking really bulky, seems like it will get in the way with ROM. There are so many types on the market it's kinda overwhelming to find one. Iron masters are sold out unfortunately.
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    I don't find the 90 lb. set too bulky. I suppose if I could curl 70 lb they might be, but squats and rows with the higher weights are no problem. Good purchase and glad I own them.
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    Love my powerblocks.
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    I cant imagine dumbells better than Ironmasters:

    https://www.ironmaster.com/products/...-dumbbells-75/

    They are steal and nothing else. Like good gym dumbells. Changing weights are easy enough; though not as fast as power blocks..

    I have had mine for 8 years, and I am pretty sure they could last longer than me if I kept them indoors.
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    One great thing about iron master is you can add the straight bar. Seems great for traveling just throw the dumbells, weights, and bar in the back of your car and you have a portable gym. I don't know when they will be back in stock, so I think I'll settle for the powerblocks for now. The thing I'm a little bit confused on would be all the models they have a sport version 50lb and the original, I'm guessing same concept?
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    i really like my u-90's, i don't think they're too bulky, but the unorthodox shape means they take a little getting used to.

    after about my 2nd time using them though they're fine

    except for goblet squats
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    I don't find them too bulky at 90lbs, especially when you compare it to a 90lb dumbbell. They are both big because of the weight. The blocks are just longer than they are wide.

    The iron masters look cool, but they remind me of the Hoist ones where the plates could fall off if not tightened correctly on the stand. Blocks you don't have to have a stand.
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    The only issue I have with them is they can't really be used for 2 handed over head triceps extensions. When I was working out at home I quickly found out that tricep exercises are pretty limited without cables so it would have been nice to be able to do those.
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    Originally Posted by John4531 View Post
    I think all I'll need is the set of 50lb dumbells that are adjustable. I heard its not too bulky, and the price is reasonable. After I surpass 50lb for each would it be better off getting a barbell? Once you add the 90lb expansion the thing starts looking really bulky, seems like it will get in the way with ROM. There are so many types on the market it's kinda overwhelming to find one. Iron masters are sold out unfortunately.
    I've got the 50 LB Sport set and the 90 LB Sport EXP PowerBlocks and I use them both, but if it's one or the other, I suggest the 90 LB set. They're a slightly different design than the U's with a much bigger opening to get your hand in. I can put 28 pairs of dumbbells in the car trunk in less than 2 minutes.
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    I still think this is a great thread about PowerBlocks.

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    Originally Posted by Goingviking View Post
    I cant imagine dumbells better than Ironmasters:

    https://www.ironmaster.com/products/...-dumbbells-75/

    They are steal and nothing else. Like good gym dumbells. Changing weights are easy enough; though not as fast as power blocks..

    I have had mine for 8 years, and I am pretty sure they could last longer than me if I kept them indoors.
    Ironmasters (and powerblocks) are only great if you're short on space. They're a complete pain in the ass if you're doing any kind of superset workouts with different weight dumbbells, or dropsets, etc. I sold mine after a year.
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    Originally Posted by Mechanon84 View Post
    Ironmasters (and powerblocks) are only great if you're short on space. They're a complete pain in the ass if you're doing any kind of superset workouts with different weight dumbbells, or dropsets, etc. I sold mine after a year.
    This is true in my experience as well, but I still have my 90 lb Powerblocks because they nicely complement my 5-50 lb set of hex dumbbells. When I need weights above 50 lb or intermediary weights like 17.5 lbs, the Powerblocks fill in the gap nicely. I added magnetic 1.25 lb PlateMates to the Powerblocks that help make changes even faster.
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    Originally Posted by JoeDelts View Post
    The only issue I have with them is they can't really be used for 2 handed over head triceps extensions. When I was working out at home I quickly found out that tricep exercises are pretty limited without cables so it would have been nice to be able to do those.
    Curl bar is much better. Or peanuts press with a barbell.
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    Originally Posted by Mechanon84 View Post
    Ironmasters (and powerblocks) are only great if you're short on space. They're a complete pain in the ass if you're doing any kind of superset workouts with different weight dumbbells, or dropsets, etc. I sold mine after a year.
    Wut? Totally not my experience and preference. I much much much prefer my powerblocks vs anything else for ramp up and drop sets and super sets and anything and everything in between. Iron masters are nice and good quality and pro sets are fine and expensive. Shermworks and others can hold a ton. But for me I much prefer the powerblocks.

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    Not a whole ton to add except another I LOVE my powerblocks! Had them (90s, which aren’t awkward at all) for 4 years and have never looked back. I can’t remember 1 time I wish I had conventional dumbbells.
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    I've owned Powerblocks and Ironmasters.

    I still have the Powerblocks. The IMs are great, but just too slow for weight changes, imo.

    I found a set of 5-85lb Pro Rexans and held onto them.
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    Have also owned both Powerblocks and Ironmasters. Powerblocks are far better.

    And, I don't find the 90's too bulky. They work just fine.
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    Originally Posted by JoeDelts View Post
    The only issue I have with them is they can't really be used for 2 handed over head triceps extensions. When I was working out at home I quickly found out that tricep exercises are pretty limited without cables so it would have been nice to be able to do those.
    Depending on the weight i think they are perfect for 2 handed over head triceps since you basically have 2 handles built in to the blocks frame.
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    I also have both.

    Powerblocks Sport 9.0 (90lbs)
    Ironmaster up to 160lbs

    I use the Powerblocks for lower weights and fast weight change.

    I use the Ironmaster for weights over 90lbs and for some types of movement when I want the "normal" dumbbells feeling.

    Both are good options. I would have kept only the Powerblocks if the weight increase over 90lbs was more linear and easy. The addon for the sport 9.0 over 90lbs is weird...
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    Powerblocks ftw. I've had both, and I liked the Powerblocks enough to buy commercial ones. Ironmasters are ok, but are really just expensive spinlocks that can't stab you if your clumsy when kicking them up for pressing.
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    Love mine. I now have mine up to 90lbs. Bought the original 50 lb set like 8 years ago.
    They are a freakin steal compared to a full set of dumbbells. I just can't justify that kind of expense at this time.
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    IM's are really nice, especially the older Quick Change (not Quick Lock) versions which were the closest in convenience compared to PB's. But for me I have always preferred Powerblocks because no plate math, they feel more balanced (shorter handle), and they are alot faster to change in between sets. I'm not a big fan of the Elite sets though because they feel cheaper, the U90's or a set of the discontinued Pro-Rexan are what you want.
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    I've been using SDH handles last two months, they work pretty well and you can adjust them easily (but slowly) if you grease the bolt rather than loctite them. I have handles #1 through #4 and can make a dumbbell between 3lbs and 85lbs. I typically leave a few 10s on each handle and change the "change" plates on the ends to suit my workouts, 1.25, 2.5, 5, 7.5 or another 10. I usually only use a couple of weights per week and don't change it frequently instead I increase reps. I set it up in advance before I do the workout, don't really change it during the workout.

    I am really happy with this and have no regrets but there are some big downsides relating to the space required and the time it takes to change the plates.

    This gives you the real deal dumbbell experience with no gimmick but it takes about 2 minutes to change the plates on a pair. I bought a 1/2" flex handle breaker and a 8mm allen/hex drive socket to spin the bolts off fast.

    The upside is they are prostyle dumbbells, if you have ever used them, they are quite nice. Can be dropped, extremely durable, 1" plates can be found anywhere on craigslist, and the CFF handles are 1.5" thick (38mm) which feels sublime compared to the typical 1" handle. They are no longer then needed to be. No awkward handles. Very tight. The plates can be used on standard barbells (which are often terrible).

    The downsides are the time it takes to change the plates so if you are into using a lot of different weights throughout a continuous workout this won't work for you. You have to buy a stack of pancake 1" plates which gets pricey if you don't find <50c/lb used ones, walmart sells them online for 80c/lb, and it occupies some space. The Prostyle/SDH handles are kind of pricey, I bought the CFF 1.5" thick ones because the chinese ones are too thin. And then if you have 4 dumbbells sitting on the floor and a stack of pancake plates, it takes up space compared to the elegant stand systems you get with the powerblock or ironmasters. The round donut/toroid platemates could be used to rapidly change the weights I guess.
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    If you want quick changes, PowerBlocks are the way to go. If you want the feel of regular dumbbells and the ability to drop them without concequence, Ironmasters would suit you better. If space and money is of no concern, a full set of dumbbells is best. If your budget is tight, spin-locks will do the job. There's no right or wrong answer, it's personal preference.

    I went with PowerBlock U-90s because I consider the easy weight changes a great convenience. And when I'm spending that kind of money, I want convenience.
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    I also love my Powerblocks. Saves space, quick weight changes, and priced right. I've been using them a few years now and they pretty much show no wear. The Elite, I think, are the only ones still made in the USA if that matters to you. The U-90 are nice. Amazon has some items with free shipping.
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    love my powerblocks
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    ironmasters with the expansion and an extra set of handles ftw
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    Owned and loved both. I would only go PB if you never plan on going past 90lbs each. Once you go past 90, the weight increments start to jump all over, for example:

    90
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    105
    107.5
    120
    122.5
    125

    The 12.5lb gaps deterred me. I like the IM's because it's a 5lb increment all the way up. What that said - I have owned and loved both. All depends on how heavy you need them to go IMO.
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    Sport or elite?
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    Sport or elite?
    ya which is better? elite or the exp?
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