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  • This is cr**. Give me iron.

    2 33.33%
  • Maybe for someone else

    3 50.00%
  • I'm not sure, tell me more

    0 0%
  • This sounds like a good idea

    0 0%
  • GIVE ME ONE OF THOSE RIGHT NOW

    1 16.67%
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    What's Your Opinion On These Weights?

    Hey everyone,

    I've done a bit of traveling while doing strength training. It's a pain to find a new gym every other day, not to mention expensive with all the day passes when you're on the road for a while.

    So I got some water-filled dumbbells from Amazon, but they were difficult to fill and leaked a bit. I work as a product designer, and think I could make a better version of this.



    My question is: on a scale of 1 - 5, how useful do you think water weights would be? (1 being this is crap, give me iron, 5 being GIVE ME THOSE NOW!!)

    If enough people think something like this would be useful, I think I could design an easy to use set that doesn't leak, should be pretty cheap to make.

    Benefits of water-filled weights:
    - Cheap (a whole set would probably be under $100)
    - Portable, easy for travel / business travels and moving
    - Safe: no denting the floor, or crushing your foot if the weight falls (especially good for older people)

    Potential drawbacks:
    - If you're traveling with them, you'd have to fill them every time you move. Main point for a better design will be easy-to-fill weights.
    - Bulky when full: water weighs less than iron (but could just make the bar a bit longer)
    - Movement of water: when lifting the water might shake around a little bit, since there will always be some air in it as well



    Any thoughts on this would be highly appreciated, I'm seriously thinking about making this.

    I know I would love something like this, but I'm wondering if other's are feeling the same way.
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    I think this would be very unpopular for most people due to the water movement issue making them unstable. At the same time, for the niche groups that love balance/stability training aspects these could be useful. So if you want to go forward with these I would not expect a big market necessarily unless you could convince the masses the would be useful (which may be possible... lord knows there have been a large number of various fads in the fitness industry over the years).
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    For me, it seems like a larger PIA to carry around weights and fill and unfill them than it does to find a gym. However, if i were to bring some along carrying a pair of powerblocks sounds way better and there's no water involved. Hard pass for me.

    Can you use your skills and make a better powerblock/ironmaster adjustable dumbbell set?
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    I assume you'll be using bags that can be emptied and folded flat. Put a bunch in a big book bag and it's the same product as some sandbags but with water.

    https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-sandbags

    A full book bag can hold 40 lbs. Add your clothes to it and it's another 20 lbs.
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