I recently purchased a new dumbbell set. Having lived with it for a few months, I have a few pros and cons to mention—it’s really been something of a mixed bag. I really felt like I have to write a bayou fitness dumbbell review article, for those of you who are still deciding whether to buy these or not.
They aren’t exactly professional quality—you’ll find better equipment at your local gym, I’m sure—but they’re honestly not a bad choice for your home workout routine. They’re easy to store and to adjust, and they’re well-made—not likely to fall apart on you after a few times adjusting things.
That’s not to say they are perfect, however—there are some nit-picks that I have to mention to potential buyers. Unlike many adjustable barbells, the Bayou Fitness model uses five-pound weights, not 2.5-pounders.
That means I can’t set them for, say, 12.5 pounds when I want to do some lateral raises. Also, if you set them for a five-pound increment—say, 15 or 25 pounds—the weights will be lopsided. You have to go to a full 10-pound mark if you want a balanced dumbbell, so that’s a little disappointing. The adjusting mechanism also sticks occasionally; I’ve read reports that it’s broken for other people.
Mine have always worked after a little bit of elbow grease and some tightening of the screws involved, but it’s something to keep an eye on. For the price, you’d expect it to be perfect, but I suppose that’s too much to ask for. Also, since I am used to do some heavy lifting, maximum weight of 50lb per dumbbell, for dumbbell exercises that I mainly do to gain muscle mass seems a little too light. But then again I’ve been lifting for some time now…
All in all, though, these are easy to use, comfortable and sturdy, which are the most important points I’m looking for in home exercise equipment. You can adjust them quickly on the fly to rapidly change between weights for different exercises, so that’s great.
They also are relatively small; unlike a full set of hex weights, these take up a small amount of floor space—which works really well for my apartment. Unlike other adjustable dumbbells, these feel solid, as well; adjustable dumbbells often feel finicky or like they’re going to break if you look at them strangely; these seem like well-made solid pieces of equipment.
I do believe the pros outweigh the cons of the Bayou Fitness Adjustable Dumbbell. If you’re looking to start a home exercise routine, then these might be exactly what you’re looking for—they’re easy to use, easily adjustable, and they don’t take up very much space. If you’re more experienced, or if you’re looking for something with a bit more granularity when adjusting, there are other options on the market for you. For most people, however, I think this dumbbell will suit your major needs.
Hey! My name is Paul Sheldon. I live in Nashville, TN and I love all things related to sports. Naturally I love workking out and I do it every day. If you want to talk feel freee to hit me a message or if you happen to be in Nashville we can get a coffee, I know a great place. Peace!