It’s no secret that a complete physical fitness regimen balances aerobic activities such as running or cycling with some form of strength training. For most of us, strength training means going to a crowded gym and jumping from one resistance machine to another, focusing on only one body part at a time. Our bodies, though, don’t isolate muscles groups during everyday activities or sports like golf, so why should our workouts?
We say ditch the machines and opt for free weights, such as a pair of Bowflex SelectTech 1090 adjustable dumbbells. Dumbbell exercises increase strength through a full range of motion, and their versatility means that by continuously incorporating new moves into your exercise routine you can avoid hitting a physical and mental plateau.
The Bowflex SelectTech 1090s ($600) replace the need to purchase a complete set of 34 space-hogging dumbbells, as they adjust from 10 pounds to 90 pounds, in five-pound increments, with a simple twist of a dial. Adjustable dumbbells are not new, but past iterations were more of a time-waster than a time-saver because one had to remove a collar from the dumbbell handle to interchange weights. With the Bowflex SelectTech 1090s, if you need a 40 pound weight, you simply drop the handle into the weight’s base, turn the dial, and voila! Less time spent adjusting weights means more recovery time between sets, as well as fewer distractions, so you can focus on proper lifting form.
Bowflex also provides a DVD that demonstrates the correct method to perform more than 30 different dumbbell exercises, with up to 80 variations of the exercises. A booklet that clearly organizes six weeks of workouts, which take an estimated 30 minutes each, is also included.