Bowflex SelectTech 2080 Review: An Adjustable Barbell for Strength Training at Home

Bowflex SelectTech 2080 Review: An Adjustable Barbell for Strength Training at Home

If you like training with barbells, don’t have space for a traditional set in your home gym, and don’t mind a potentially long wait to get it, the SelectTech 2080—which offers seven fixed-weight barbells and seven fixed-weight curl bars in one—could be for you. The system includes a straight barbell, a curl bar (distinguishable by its undulating grips, it’s designed for upper-body exercises like—you guessed it—biceps curls), 12 weight plates, and a base that rests on the floor. You adjust the desired load, which ranges from 20 pounds to 80 pounds, by turning a dial at each end of a bar.

I spent five weeks with it, trying various strength-training workouts and experimenting with different exercises. The new system is versatile, though finicky; we initially received faulty parts, and we are uncertain how the SelectTech 2080’s mechanisms and construction (a combination of metal and plastic) will hold up over time. We like the feel of the bars and their ability to adjust quickly and smoothly when all is working properly. Depending on your goals and fitness level, you may want to add extras that will enhance your experience but require additional purchases.

Bowflex SelectTech 2080 Barbell with Curl Bar

Bowflex SelectTech 2080 Barbell with Curl Bar

An adjustable barbell for at-home strength training

If you miss lifting weights at the gym, love barbells, or want to add versatility to your strength training, this two-bar adjustable set may suit your needs. But finicky parts, potential limitations without purchased add-ons, and scarce stock could be dealbreakers.

Buying Options

Buy from Bowflex

May be out of stock

Buy from NFM

May be out of stock

source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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