NordicTrack Iselect Adjustable Dumbbells
The first iteration of the NordicTrack Iselect Adjustable Dumbbells was outstanding; they were easy to adjust, somewhat portable, and reasonably priced. When I tested them a few years back, they were unquestionably among the most incredible sets of heavy dumbbells available for the money. Everything admirable about the NordicTrack 55lb dumbbells, which we are evaluating today, is still present. Still, there have been a few visual enhancements—more Compact and Fewer Plastic in The Design.
The first development you’ll sign about the orange set of NordicTrack dumbbells is they use less plastic which is always a good thing, but perhaps what’s best is the project is more compact, which makes the orange version feel more like a fixed-weight dumbbell. As a result, they feel natural to lift with, and that’s what you poverty from an adjustable dumbbell. They, too, touch hard with no platter movement.
Still, selectable dumbbells are never faultless, and there are insufficient minor drawbacks with this set which ill go into in the review, but overall, I’m impressed. They’re a solid set of bells worth taking a closer appearance. At the end of the study, I’ll also compare the NordicTrack adjustable dumbbell with two of its closes rivals, the Bowflex 552’s and the Core Fitness Twist Lock dumbbells, as it will be interesting to see how they match up.
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Why Do We Like The NordicTrack Adjustable Dumbbells?
The best thing about the NordicTrack dumbbells is their compact design. They use a handle that only increases in length with the more weight you add. It makes for a much more dense dumbbell. It feels natural to lift with and much closer to the feel of a fixed-weight dumbbell than most adjustable dumbbells. A natural-feeling adjustable dumbbell is hard to find because most dumbbells. Including general sets like the Bowflex 552s, use a fixed-length handle.
A fixed-length handle is a handle that stays the same length no matter how much weight you’re lifting, you could be lifting 5lb or 50lb, and the size of the handle remains the same. Fixed-length handle dumbbells are awkward to lift, especially for beginners, so I was glad that Nordictrack kept their new bells compact. The distance of the handle can make a huge difference in how comfortable you feel when lifting.
Small Weight Upsurges Are Best For Progress
Another attractive feature of the NordicTrack iselect adjustable dumbbells is that they adjust in weight increments of 2.5lb. The amount an adjustable dumbbell moves up is one of the essential features to consider when choosing an adjustable dumbbell. Too significant a jump in weight will type you to cheat on your form and sluggish your progress.
Small weight rises are one of the keys to development no matter what exercises you are performing or what equipment you are using, and ideally, for dumbbells. We poverty 2.5lb increments or 5lb at the most.
Think about it like this if you can curl a 20lb dumbbell for ten reps and you want to keep adapting, curing a 25lb dumbbell signifies a 25% increase in load. That’s a big jump even for an experienced lifter. So finding an adjustable dumbbell with 2.5lb increments will let you progress appropriately. Especially important for isolation exercises that demand smaller weight increases.
There’s Unmoving Some Plastic
Plastic seems to plague every fast-to-adjust dumbbell set, and the NordicTrack set is no exception. While there is less plastic than the previous version as we have an all-metal handle and the 10lb weight plates are metal. There’s still plastic casing surrounding the other weight plates and plastic in the adjustment system.
The first thing that usually breaks on most sets like this is the plastic casings for the weight plates. If you drop a dumbbell, the casing characteristically cracks first, creation the dumbbell unusable. Many complaints about this trend with Bowflex and other famous sets have remained made.
You must live with plastic if you want to benefit from the speedy adjustment times of selectable dumbbells, but it’s not a deal killer. You need to be careful not to drop them. Which means no training to failure and dropping the bells on that last killer rep. Still, the Nordictrack dumbbells are pretty tough. They feel solid, and I’m sure they’ll survive drops of 6″ or so, but I wouldn’t risk anything higher.
Drops remain covered in the guarantees of any adjustable dumbbells. So if you break one, you’ll end up with a hefty repair bill.
Selectors For Speedy Weight Changes
No advanced or basic bodybuilding technique requires a faster weight change than five seconds. So ideally, we need to look for an adjustable dumbbell set that can achieve times of under 5 seconds. While the selector type adjustment system isn’t the fastest of adjustment systems, it’s no slouch either. Taking around 2 seconds to adjust each NordicTrack Iselect Adjustable Dumbbells. Easily fast enough for advanced techniques such as drop sets that require quick weight changes.
From experience, I indorse not to be too heavy-handed with a selector change system as they can snap off. Of course, they rarely do, but it’s worth mentioning as I’ve known it to happen.
Constantly adjust the weight while the dumbbell is fully seated in its storage cradle if you want quick, smooth weight adjustments. Before changing the weight, ensure it remains fully put into the tray. Finally, I thought it was a good touch from NordicTrack that the bottom of the weight plates is flat to prevent the dumbbell from rolling about on your gym floor.
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