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Bowflex SelectTech 552 vs. 1090 Dumbbells

Bowflex SelectTech 552 vs 1090

One unquestionable and extremely versatile piece of home gym equipment is the Bowflex SelectTech adjustable dumbbell. Out of all the adjustable dumbbells, these are by far, one of the easiest to use and carry plenty of style and innovation with them. Sure, there are contenders on the market like the pair made by Yes4All, which offers up to 200 total pounds in weight resistance.

But when it comes to the utmost convenience and portability, there is no better product on the market, than the Bowflex SelectTech 552 and 1090 and the optional adjustable SelectTech bench, which looks as sleek as ever.

Many of you though, are here because you want to know what the differences are between the two models and though there are a couple differences to be mentioned, everything from the quality to the convenience of these dumbbells remain to be the same.

Simply put, deciding on the 552 or 1090 all depends upon you, your goals, and strength training and fitness needs.


Bowflex SelectTech 1090


What Are The Main Differences?

Bowflex SelectTech 552:

  • Each dumbbell can be adjusted from 5 to 52.5 pounds.
  • Can be adjusted in 2.5 to 5-pound increments.
  • Combines 15 sets of weights into one.
  • Offers 30+ exercises.

Bowflex SelectTech 1090:

  • Two dumbbells in one.
  • Dumbbell can be adjustable 10 to 90 pounds in 5-pound increments.

Really, the only main difference here between the SelectTech 552 and 1090 is that the 552 distributes the amount of weight and resistance between a pair of dumbbells, whereas the 1090 basically combines all that weight into one single dumbbell. The more popular choice of these two dumbbells is by far and large the SelectTech 552, though the 1090 has come across as a top choice as well.

However, the SelectTech 552 dumbbells seem to be more practical in theory, allowing us to incorporate a ton of additional exercises. So while the 552 sacrifices some of the additional weight and resistance of the 1090, it may be the better way to go depending on our needs.

Having two dumbbells instead of one can definitely be more advantageous and offer us more flexibility within our workouts. Having only one dumbbell will really limit the number of exercises that can be done, but if you need the additional weight, then that is also something for you to consider. For those interest in the 552’s, make sure to also check out the Bowflex Selecttech Dumbbell Stand for more convenient storage and to keep the weights off the ground.


Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell Stand


SelectTech 552 Exercises & Workouts:

A lotĀ of these exercises can be done with the single 1090 as well, but the majority of them will apply to using the 552 pair. I just want to show and re-iterate the kind of exercises that can be done with the two most convenient dumbbells imaginable.

  • Squats
  • Calf raises
  • Lunges
  • Rows
  • Deadlifts
  • Chest Press
  • Flat Fly
  • Ab Crunch
  • Lying Trunk Rotation
  • Twisting Side Crunch
  • Lying Leg Raise
  • Curls
  • Triceps Extension
  • Shoulder Press
  • Raises
  • Shrugs
  • Much More – There are 30 in total (including exercise variations).


How Great Are The SelectTech 552 & 1090 Dumbbells?

In one simple word, the SelectTech Dumbbells are awesome. Regardless of which one you decide to go with, these dumbbells are the most perfect substitute for having to buy a whole weight rack for your home. Not only are they cost-saving and practical, but the fact that we can instantly mix up the weight by a simple change in the dial is so awesome.

This is highly unlike the majority of adjustable dumbbells that instead force you to have to take off and switch the plates every time you need to make a weight adjustment. The technology used in the SelectTech 552 and 1090 Dumbbells remove this hassle completely. Whether you’re a female looking to perform some light-weight exercises or a power lifter looking to take your exercises to the max, one of these dumbbells will undoubtedly suit you.

But remember, that the SelectTech 1090 single dumbbell starts itself out at 10 pounds vs. the 5 pounds seen with the SelectTech 552, making it a less optimal choice for people only looking to tone and do lighter workouts. While we can adjust the weight at 2.5 pound increments on the 552’s, we can only adjust the 1090’s at 5-pounds at a time.

Last but not least, I think we can all agree that these dumbbells look spiffy, especially when used with the Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell Stand. They are the perfect placeholder to hold our dumbbells and pick up right where we left off. They don’t have that bland or rusty look as seen in other models, but have a truly innovative look to them. The simple fact we don’t need to physically remove any plates from either one of these dumbbells, truly makes the SelectTech 552 and 1090 dumbbells a force to be reckoned with!

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