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Those doing Body Beast with an adjustable dumbbell set
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I'm looking at doing Body Beast later this year after I finish some other programs I've got mapped out. But my biggest concern is I use the selecttech dumbbells, and they've been freaking awesome. But there is a lot of weight changes in this program from what I can tell from looking at a few of the workouts and sometimes there is very little time to get the change.

I guess you can pause every time there isn't enough but I hate to slow down the video that much, cuz it seems like I might have to pause a lot to change out weights.

Any insight on this for those of you doing Beast?
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RE: Those doing Body Beast with an adjustable dumbbell set
12/26/12 4:45 PM as a reply to inShayniac.
Hate to say it but, you are right. My first time throught the program, I had a buddy with me using the selectech. We did have to pause more frequently for weight changes. The positive is that they are a lot cheaper than the way I have bought dumbell sets over time.
Also, you will hit a time period where your weights for certain exercise will be in excess of what you will have with the selectech. Other than that, they are a great set to have. Good luck with the program, it is a lot of fun.
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RE: Those doing Body Beast with an adjustable dumbbell set
12/26/12 7:48 PM as a reply to OwenDaniel.
Yeah I mean I guess it's not a huge deal to have to pause. I just like to keep the pace up, but it shouldn't slow it down too much I imagine.
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RE: Those doing Body Beast with an adjustable dumbbell set
12/26/12 8:28 PM as a reply to inShayniac.
i just bought the 552's specifically for body beast and i'm not finding it to be too difficult. the program is paced pretty rapidly, so pausing from time to time is almost a sure thing, but i find if i move the weights with me and position them for the exercise, (at either side of me during leg work, either side of the bench on chest day, etc.) it's not too bad. i also feel that i'll be able to pick up my pace once i start memorizing the workouts.
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RE: Those doing Body Beast with an adjustable dumbbell set
12/27/12 7:10 AM as a reply to inShayniac.
I use the Powerblocks and pretty much the only time I get left behind is on drop sets and some progressive sets. Other than that it is pretty smooth, if you have to pause it for 5 or 10 seconds to switch weights, big deal. Once you go through the workouts a few times and know what's coming you will have less need to pause the video.
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RE: Those doing Body Beast with an adjustable dumbbell set
12/28/12 5:37 AM as a reply to inShayniac.
During my 1st round of Beast, I found myself having to pause and catch up a lot, I use my 552s. Initially it was a "beast" adjusting and the workouts were lasting longer than I wanted (I always exceeded that darn SuperGym timer), but once I got the moves down, I had no problem.

This 2nd round of Body Beast I'm finding I am dead on with the crew, anticipating what comes next keeps me in sync, so it gets better with time.
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RE: Those doing Body Beast with an adjustable dumbbell set
12/31/12 5:53 AM as a reply to KRob2304.
Most of the discussions on adjustables tend to settle on one of three:

Powerblocks: My own personal favorite. Some of the models are priced at a higher premium than other brands, but the build quality is indisputable. Many models are highly upgradeable (with some variants permitting 115 lbs+ per dumbbell once upgraded). Adjustment weights are worse than for Selecttechs, but better than Ironmasters.

Bowflex Selecttech: Seems to be fairly popular in the TBB community, likely as a result of their promotion with P90X+. Probably the 'fastest' adjustable available, although I've always found them to be a bit unwieldy; they have a larger footprint than Powerblocks or Ironmasters.

Ironmaster: Excellent build quality with the most traditional dumbbell feel of any adjustable, although adjusting the weights is probably the most time-consuming of all adjustables.

Whenever someone asks for a recommendation, I usually recommend that they check out a Dick's sporting goods, or some other outlet which carries the brands in store. There are just too many subjective variables to really be able to qualify one brand as being clearly 'better' than another from any objective standpoint.

As an fyi: if anyone has the space, investing in dumbbells doesn't need to be as cost-prohibitive as you'd imagine, as there is a sizeable market for used/secondhand weights that can offer substantial savings.

iamkuljuarenot:
I use the Powerblocks and pretty much the only time I get left behind is on drop sets and some progressive sets. Other than that it is pretty smooth, if you have to pause it for 5 or 10 seconds to switch weights, big deal. Once you go through the workouts a few times and know what's coming you will have less need to pause the video.
Same here - I've got the (Stage 3 upgraded) U-90's. Definitely a bit of a challenge keeping pace with some of the supersets and progressives, but that's true for any adjustable.
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RE: Those doing Body Beast with an adjustable dumbbell set
12/31/12 7:52 AM as a reply to inShayniac.
I have the Powerblocks and I'm able to keep up with the weight changes, maybe falling no more then 20 seconds behind. I do fall behind on occasion on drop set or progressive sets, but there are breaks after you finish the set, so I'm able to catch up at that point.
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RE: Those doing Body Beast with an adjustable dumbbell set
12/31/12 7:58 AM as a reply to inShayniac.
I use the selectech for bodybeast. I have only had to pause the dvd a couple of times to catch up. there are times when I may be a couple reps behind but not really a big deal. You will be fine.
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2/19/14 5:39 AM as a reply to don536.
I'm considering on buying the bowflex selecttech dumbbells. Just waiting for my dad's reply first cause his the one buying for me. I only have a pair of normal spin lock collar dumbbells (The normal adjustable dumbbells with the spin lock and plated rings). I used a spring lock collars instead of the normal ones so I can switch the weights faster.

Man it was tough keeping up with them. I even trained myself to switch the weights as fast as I could to keep up with them. So far, for certain exercises, they'll be more than a few seconds ahead of me, causing my to sacrifice my rest period especially on the drop sets and some exercises on the super sets and giant sets that requires me to change to a lighter/heavier set of weights. Well, lets just not talk about how I deal with the progressive sets. I only have trouble having enough time to switch the weights on the progressive sets on bulk chest and shoulders.

Well, I'm not sure if it's actually legal to pause the workout in body beast. As much as possible, I try not to pause the video as I had the feeling it would kill the entire purpose of the workout. Well, no really exactly but that's what I think.
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RE: Those doing Body Beast with an adjustable dumbbell set
2/19/14 6:47 PM as a reply to AmosLim900.
AmosLim900:
I'm considering on buying the bowflex selecttech dumbbells. Just waiting for my dad's reply first cause his the one buying for me. I only have a pair of normal spin lock collar dumbbells (The normal adjustable dumbbells with the spin lock and plated rings). I used a spring lock collars instead of the normal ones so I can switch the weights faster.

Man it was tough keeping up with them. I even trained myself to switch the weights as fast as I could to keep up with them. So far, for certain exercises, they'll be more than a few seconds ahead of me, causing my to sacrifice my rest period especially on the drop sets and some exercises on the super sets and giant sets that requires me to change to a lighter/heavier set of weights. Well, lets just not talk about how I deal with the progressive sets. I only have trouble having enough time to switch the weights on the progressive sets on bulk chest and shoulders.

Well, I'm not sure if it's actually legal to pause the workout in body beast. As much as possible, I try not to pause the video as I had the feeling it would kill the entire purpose of the workout. Well, no really exactly but that's what I think.


You'll find that the 552's work pretty well. Yes they are a bit long compared to regular hex dumbbells and are a touch awkward for a few exercises, but 90% of the time they work great. I still have a pair of 10's and 15's hex dumbbells that I use when I can though for those exercises where I'm using lighter weights. In a perfect world, I'd have a rack with a big selection of hexes, but the selecttechs will work great.
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RE: Those doing Body Beast with an adjustable dumbbell set
2/19/14 8:37 PM as a reply to tichatte.
tichatte:
... once I got the moves down, I had no problem.
This 2nd round of Body Beast I'm finding I am dead on with the crew, anticipating what comes next keeps me in sync, so it gets better with time.


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RE: Those doing Body Beast with an adjustable dumbbell set
3/1/14 8:36 AM as a reply to inShayniac.
I don't think there is anyway around being a bit behind if you're using adjustables. Just do your best to keep up, you'll still be doing better than half the people at a gym that spend half their time standing around. I use bowflex 1090s myself, they're a bit bulky but I got used to them
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