- Ergonomically designed for use with both Bowflex SelectTech 552 and 1090 dumbbells
- Eliminates the need to bend down to pick up weights
- Built in towel rack
Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell Stand Description
Easily assembled and sleekly designed, the Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell Stand 2 in 1 Stand is ergonomically engineered for use with both Bowflex SelectTech 1090 and 552 dumbbells, this stand eliminates the need to bend down to pick up weights, so you can work on your back, not hurt it! This stand also features a built-in rack for hanging towels. Tools and hardware are included for assembly.
Bowflex has been changing the shape of fitness for over 20 years. Most everyone is familiar with the legendary Bowflex resistance training system, but the company also makes a consistently strong line of other fitness products. Fueled by innovation and improvement, Bowflex is committed to being on the cutting edge of strength and cardio training. For use with both Bowflex SelectTech 1090 and 552 dumbbells. Durable metal construction. Eliminates the need to bend down to pick up weights. Built-in rack for hanging towels. Simplified assembly with included tools and hardware. 19.9L x 26.2W x 22.8H inches.
Amazon Description of Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell Stand
When I first bought the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells recently I said to myself “No way I’m paying upwards of 100 bucks for their fancy stand, I’ll just leave them on the floor or find a coffee table to use.” A few things happened. I ended up not really having a suitable table to put the dumbbell bases on, and while having them on the floor I began tweaking my lower back every time I went to pick up or put down the dumbbells, especially with heavy weight, even though I tried to squat with my legs as much as possible instead of actually bending at the waist. Thus, I bought the stand, and I am very glad I did.
The reason it costs what it does is because Bowflex did not cut corners with this product (except for the safety buckle straps, which I will get to shortly). The stand itself is very stable and heavy and you will not worry at all about it toppling over, or your dumbbells falling off, etc. The nuts and bolts are thick and strong and after tightening and finishing assembly, the whole thing feels very solid with no creaking, squeaking, or moving parts.
From opening the box to finished assembly was about 45 minutes for me. Honestly much of this time was spent simply unpacking the heavily wrapped pieces, finding my own tools, clearing space for the stand, reading the instructions, and trying to convince myself that I had the sides correct. Actual assembly time was probably 25 minutes or so. I’d highly suggest using your own 17mm socket if you have one. I used my own 17mm socket with a power drill and socket wrench, which significantly sped up the process.
I’ve noticed over the years that Bowflex pays particular attention to the aesthetics of their products. In a nutshell, they try to make them look “cool.” Now obviously this is pretty meaningless for a guy’s workout room at home, since you are buying them completely for function, but I’d be lying if I said I don’t like it when friends come over and happen to see the stand setup with the Selecttech dumbbells and say “Man that looks badass!”
I’m not really sure why the designers chose to make the metal plate with the Bowflex logo face backward. If you have your stand backed up against a wall like I do, you will never see it. As others have pointed out, this model does not have wheels, so if you want wheels I think you need to get the 2012 version. Also, the towel rack on mine will probably never get used. At 5’8″ I really like the height of the stand in that I think it is the perfect height for minimal effort (and thus minimal back pain) when picking up or putting down the dumbbells.
Now let’s talk about the dreadful safety buckle straps that are supposed to prevent the dumbbell base from coming off the stand. I did notice that another reviewer seems to have accidentally found a workaround by unsnapping the side and pulling it through, but I’ll talk about how they are when they are installed as directed.
Basically, the strap is rendered worthless since the plastic buckle piece rests perpendicular to the edge of the plastic dumbbell base, making it impossible to tighten to a secure fit. Thus you end up with a loose strap that moves around easily and really does nothing. Again, look at the picture I uploaded to see what I mean.
All in all, though, a great stand that is definitely worth the investment.
UPDATE 3/30/15 – After a new comment on this review, I’ll elaborate more on the straps issue. This is the comment I posted: The straps seem to serve dual purposes; I could see how it would be useful to strap in the dumbbells (strap over the handle) when moving them with the base. Most of the time, though, when the bases and stand are stationary, the straps over just the base (under the handle) seems to make sense. Aaron (the commenter below) is correct – the official website shows the straps in the latter position, though they are pretty ineffective at holding the base in place, as I stated in my original review.
I can say there have been several times where the plastic base has indeed slipped out of place on the stand when I’m picking up the dumbbells (only with weights above 45 lbs.) and the straps provided no help in holding the plastic base in place. A simple redesign of the plastic buckle placement – or removal thereof – would remedy these issues, so I hope Bowflex see these discussions and take them into consideration.