The PowerBlock Classic 50lb Adjustable Dumbbell Set is part of the range of PowerBlock’s ‘Classic’ dumbbells. It is a solidly built kit that takes on the unconventional cuboid form that PowerBlock is famously known for. It is one of the earliest versions in the ‘Classic’ Series.
You really may not need to graduate from 50 pounds while doing certain exercises like shoulder presses. Once you hit this mark, you may realize, as a fitness instructor would recommend, that 50 pounds is what you need to maintain the kind of muscle you have built. For others like squats and bench presses, you would need to pack in more pounds. So, let’s take this a bit further and look at our powerblock classic review below.
How Do You Change Them
The dumbbells set uses the selector pin mechanism to change weights. The selection happens automatically, locking down the weights you don’t need onto the tray. The advantage of the pin is that it allows you to change weights fast and keep up your exercise routine. It allows for 5-pound increments, in a range between 10 to 50 pounds.
The u shaped selector pin is made of plastic and is replaceable once it wears out. The rest of the kit is remarkably durable, which is a huge positive. The adder plates can also be replaced if you ever lose them. It can stand some rough handling, though practically speaking, you don’t have to drop any kit if you’re not carrying weights over 100 pounds.
This single dumbbell set replaces up to 9 sets of regular dumbbells. Imagine having eighteen single pieces of dumbbells lying around. Above all, PowerBlock assures you of a ten-year warranty on it. Sadly, this warranty is lost if you drop them from a height of over 6 inches. This is not so good because six inches is a small distance of the floor. This guarantee also only applies to the original purchase, so you can’t claim it if you buy a used dumbbell.
Can I upgrade Powerblock Classic?
Another one big plus for this dumbbell is that you can expand its weight limit by attaching more weights. Once you can lift up-to 50 pounds, instead of getting a new set of heavier dumbbells, you simply get an expansion kit with heavier plates to add onto the classic 50lb Dumbbell. The expansion kit has to be for the classic series, since they are model specific. (Meaning the kit won’t work with either Urethane, Elite or The Sport Series dumbbells)
The kit ships with black steel square 0.25/0.5-inch thick weight plates to distinguish them from the other series. It has wrist support to make lifting more comfortable because you have to reach into the structure to find the padded handle. Objectively speaking, if it weren’t for the wrist support and padded handles, lifting this dumbbell for more than 5 minutes would be hell.
I will say this. It is a bit confusing about which ones you can buy expansion kits for. I do know for a fact you can upgrade the elite model. I have the detail in a review here. Make sure you are looking at the various choices when you are buying it and look for the option to buy an expansion kit for it. You will also see some options to buy a 70 or 90lb set. Those basically already have the kit included with a 50lb set.
How Durable Are They
This set looks bulky, solid and quite like the power dumbbells they are touted to be. The size and design may limit the scope of exercises you can do but for those you can pull off, they will do amazingly well.
This dumbbell is easy on the eye. The view on multicolored rails is a matter of personal taste. I don’t mind them at all because after all, they make it easier for you to know just how much weight you are lifting at a glance. When you buy it, make sure you read the manual to know how these rails correspond with the attached chart.
As for the sound they make in motion, it’s nothing unsettling. Quite interestingly, some people like that sound.
Urethane vs Elite model
So, I was able to use both of these models. There is a slight different in how they are made. the urethane model have padding on the grips and the selector is plastic. The Elite model does not have padding on the grips which I honestly preferred because I wanted the extra room. The selector is plastic as well. Both weights have a really nice heavy feel too and they do not feel cheap at all. So, don’t let the square look of these fool ya. They are pretty sweet. One other difference is that the Urethane model has color coding covers to visually tell which weight you are on.
It comes in handy while lifting by giving you a nice height and surface from which you can pick up the weights. Use them as a temporary holding area as you work out. This is bought separately.
You simply can’t do without a solid weight bench. Otherwise, the range of exercises you would be able to do will be limited. Only with a bench can you effectively build your upper body and strengthen your core with the declining/inclining and flat positioning options while working out. You will put in bench presses, step ups, and tricep extensions quite more easily. It would be even better if you get one that folds to save up on storage space.
This dumbbell saves you space and money, making it a viable purchase. They are objectively costlier than other dumbbells at about 350 dollars, but they are well worth it. If you were to buy free weights, you would pay more so keep that in mind. So that shadows the high price tag of the PowerBlock dumbbell. Consider getting this once you get out of the beginner phase of working out. You won’t regret it. PowerBlock has been around for a while, and their product quality passes all tests. You can find more here on amazon to read more about it. If you are still not sure if these are right. Check out our dumbbell review guide here where we go in detail about multiple brands and types.