Like millions of other people, the past six months have forced me to come to grips with just how little space and equipment I need to achieve a great workout from home. With a pullup bar, a kettlebell, some resistance bands—or maybe a TRX band if I’m feeling fancy—no muscle group is safe from hypertrophy.
Recently, the evolution of my small apartment gym took another big step forward, thanks to a pair of NordicTrack adjustable weights that arrived a few weeks ago courtesy of one very, very unhappy UPS delivery guy. NordicTrack’s Select-a-Weight dumbbells now occupy just four square feet of my bedroom floor, but over the past month and change, they’ve offered me enough versatility to level up virtually any training session.
Whether you’re knocking out old-school biceps curls like an ’80s-era Gold’s Gym regular, or adding some extra challenge to your core workout with a series of plank variations, the beauty of this dumbbell set is in its simplicity. Just slide the tab on each side forward or backward to pick between 15 different weight increments, ranging from 10 to 55 pounds.
Implements in hand, you need only a few minutes to light up your arms, shoulders, core, and more with a variety of simple movements—it’s like standing in front of half a free weight rack at a big box gym. For more inspiration, you can also look to NordicTrack’s robust library of quarantine-friendly iFit workouts; the dumbbells include a free one-year membership to the online platform, which includes hundreds of strength training routines, daily workouts, and other perks. For even better content and entire programs, of course, the MH All Out Studio is also a stellar option.
As an added bonus, these weights—unlike those offered by most of the competition—are still in stock (as of publication, at least), meaning you can have them at your doorstep in a matter of days. You’ll just need to hurry—and maybe consider leaving a tip for your delivery guy.
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