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    Which powerblock would you get now

    If you had the chance to get a powerblock now assuming you didn’t have any which would you prefer?

    A. Powerblock elite - with the normal cage style
    B. Powerblock exp with the open cage style

    As far as I know exp is same as sport exp besides the color. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

    My worry is if I will be limited on any exercises like pullovers or tricep extensions with the elite but I prefer that look since it looks more compact.
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    Originally Posted by NiR View Post
    If you had the chance to get a powerblock now assuming you didn’t have any which would you prefer?

    A. Powerblock elite - with the normal cage style
    B. Powerblock exp with the open cage style

    As far as I know exp is same as sport exp besides the color. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

    My worry is if I will be limited on any exercises like pullovers or tricep extensions with the elite but I prefer that look since it looks more compact.
    Might be worth a trek to Dicks Sporting Goods or Gym Source or similar store. They usually have these on display and you can get a feel for how they operate.
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    Originally Posted by NiR View Post
    If you had the chance to get a powerblock now assuming you didn’t have any which would you prefer?

    A. Powerblock elite - with the normal cage style
    B. Powerblock exp with the open cage style

    As far as I know exp is same as sport exp besides the color. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

    My worry is if I will be limited on any exercises like pullovers or tricep extensions with the elite but I prefer that look since it looks more compact.
    Apparently, the company has discontinued a lot of their models. There used to be Pro EXP's and Sport EXPs, which were not the same. They also seem to have changed their warranties. Glad I bought mine when I did!
    Anyways, I have and would buy again the Sport EXPs.
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    I have the urethane U90, which are the caged style, but I don't think I could do pullovers or extensions even if it was uncaged. You just cant really get your hands supported enough without wrapping around a normal round/hexagonal dumbell. Maybe at lighter weight it would work but it'd be funky. I'd suggest planning around those movements.
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    Originally Posted by rtpmarine View Post
    I have the urethane U90, which are the caged style, but I don't think I could do pullovers or extensions even if it was uncaged. You just cant really get your hands supported enough without wrapping around a normal round/hexagonal dumbell. Maybe at lighter weight it would work but it'd be funky. I'd suggest planning around those movements.
    can you do 1 hand version of those?
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    Originally Posted by NiR View Post
    can you do 1 hand version of those?
    Overhead extensions -- no, because the rectangular shape makes them too bulky to get behind my head with stability. The urethane model exacerbates this issue because they are even thicker.

    Pullovers - yeah, but the drop in weight really takes the load off of the chest. I've tried using both Powerblocks at the same time and just keeping them pushed together--it works okay but just not as effective as a standard hex dumbell.

    When it comes to triceps, I find myself using the Powerblocks for skull crushers and CG presses the most.
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    I wouldn’t get powerblocks. Their rectangular shape is unweildy and unbalanced in the hand. I found them especially annoying for things like curls.

    I wish someone had told me that before I purchased my set. I could have saved myself several hundred dollars.

    I would much rather have the ironmasters, even if they take a little longer to change the weight.
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    Originally Posted by rtpmarine View Post
    Overhead extensions -- no, because the rectangular shape makes them too bulky to get behind my head with stability. The urethane model exacerbates this issue because they are even thicker.

    Pullovers - yeah, but the drop in weight really takes the load off of the chest. I've tried using both Powerblocks at the same time and just keeping them pushed together--it works okay but just not as effective as a standard hex dumbell.

    When it comes to triceps, I find myself using the Powerblocks for skull crushers and CG presses the most.
    cant you just grip 1 hand on each side to do the pullovers ?
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    Originally Posted by NiR View Post
    cant you just grip 1 hand on each side to do the pullovers ?
    That's what I do if you mean holding the bottom tubes. I can go up to 70 lbs with the Sport EXPs. There's no room for the fingers any heavier.
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    Originally Posted by Deadlift4 View Post
    I wouldn’t get powerblocks. Their rectangular shape is unweildy and unbalanced in the hand. I found them especially annoying for things like curls.

    I wish someone had told me that before I purchased my set. I could have saved myself several hundred dollars.

    I would much rather have the ironmasters, even if they take a little longer to change the weight.
    I don't have any complaints about balance w/ the Powerblocks, but they can get a bit unwieldy compared to a fixed hex DB.

    I had Ironmasters as well in the past and while I really liked how similar they felt to a Pro Style DB, the time it took to change plates kind of defeated the entire purpose of a quick change DB. And I had the older style (Quick-Change). The newer Quick-Locks take even longer to change weights.
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    Originally Posted by ampire View Post
    Might be worth a trek to Dicks Sporting Goods or Gym Source or similar store. They usually have these on display and you can get a feel for how they operate.
    100%, i may prefer one over another but everyone is different. Glad there are stores where these can be tested out.
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    this reminds me of this. at 0:41

    https://youtu.be/kIvNOYACRUY?t=41
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    Originally Posted by Mech6 View Post
    this reminds me of this. at 0:41

    https://youtu.be/kIvNOYACRUY?t=41
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    Originally Posted by Deadlift4 View Post
    I wouldn’t get powerblocks. Their rectangular shape is unweildy and unbalanced in the hand. I found them especially annoying for things like curls.

    I wish someone had told me that before I purchased my set. I could have saved myself several hundred dollars.

    I would much rather have the ironmasters, even if they take a little longer to change the weight.
    I have both Ironmasters and Powerblocks and the Ironmasters collect dust unless I decide to do pressing over 90lbs. They are such a pain to use while the Powerblocks make changing the wait so much easier. If I didn't hate the process of selling stuff I would have gotten rid of the Ironmasters a long time ago.

    As for the OP, I have seen no reason to get anything other than the Powerblock Elite, not worth any extra expense for a different model IMO.
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    Originally Posted by NiR View Post
    cant you just grip 1 hand on each side to do the pullovers ?
    Originally Posted by supramax View Post
    That's what I do if you mean holding the bottom tubes. I can go up to 70 lbs with the Sport EXPs. There's no room for the fingers any heavier.
    Supramax is spot on. At lower weight it is possible but awkward. At normal weight it starts to get really unwieldy. At higher weight it's pretty much impossible to get any decent grip.
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    Originally Posted by rtpmarine View Post
    Supramax is spot on. At lower weight it is possible but awkward. At normal weight it starts to get really unwieldy. At higher weight it's pretty much impossible to get any decent grip.
    If you do pullovers correctly, 70 lbs is very decent. The exercise was born for slow eccentrics with isometric holds.
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