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    Ironmaster Quick Lock Adjustable Dumbbells Review

     

    Ironmaster Quick Lock Adjustable Dumbbells Review by Strength Oldschool

     

    Ironmaster Quick Lock Adjustable Dumbbells Review by Strength Oldschool

    Let me start by saying this article is not about providing only positive comments about Ironmaster to simply make some "commission" money back from referred sales... this Ironmaster review and any other product review on this website, regarding gym equipment in general, no matter the brand, will always be truthful and honest. Expect no bullshit from Strength Oldschool. No company is perfect, there will always be something negative to say regarding either the product, the delivery service, customer service, how a company's website has been designed (user friendly etc) or whether the website contains enough information about a product you wish to buy etc, or maybe even a combination of them all. Regardless, this review will contain my own personal thoughts regarding the company Ironmaster and more importantly, it's product - 'Quick-Lock Adjustable Dumbbells'.

    I've personally used Ironmaster dumbbells and have actually purchased the same product TWICE and not by accident. The first purchase was given to my brother to use and try out several years ago which he loved so I invested in buying a second set!

    The very first time buying Ironmaster's "Quick Lock Adjustable Dumbbells" was back around 2010 / 2011. Up until that point, I was living at home with my parents for several years due to financial reasons (getting on the property ladder was expensive!) and training at a good commercial gym three to five times a week. Back in 2005 / 2006, I had previously lived in Carnoustie, Scotland, for one year, renting a ground floor spacious flat. I turned one of the spare rooms into a home gym because I became sick to death of the long travelling to the nearest commercial gym. So at that time I had enough space in my spare room to purchase some Olympic weight plates... a 7ft Olympic Barbell, adjustable squat stands and a couple of light hex rubber dumbbells. Nothing fancy, just simple, basic equipment and it was great. It was so good, I was training multiple times a day (sometimes three times a day) hitting the same body parts and lovin' it! The freedom to train whenever you want, no matter the time of day is priceless which I highly recommend. The only downside to the flat was the SPIDERS! It was an old type of building with spiders appearing from the walls every single day and I'm not a fan of creepy crawlies lol! 

    Anyway, fast forward a year later and my employment status (only guaranteed for one year) came to an end so I had to move back home again to live with my folks. As for the gym equipment, that got sold off. Even though it was basic stuff, the 7ft Olympic barbell proved too big for the bedroom I was going to be staying in at my parents house. So for the next few years, I trained at a gym formally owned by professional Scottish bodybuilder, Steve Creighton, which used to be called "The Hardcore Hell-hole Gym".
     

    Steve Creighton - Hell Hole Workout DVD


    That gym had a whole range of excellent equipment such as a superb heavy duty Power Rack, all types of cable weight machines, incline, flat, decline bench press stations, a huge selection of dumbbells, you name it. It had it. The gym wasn't massive by any means, it was relatively small but It was the ideal gym for hardcore bodybuilders and strength trainers. I wouldn't describe myself as being "hardcore" but I was serious about my training and loved strength training at the time so the gym was perfect for me. I don't recall the reasons why but I later moved on to another gym, maybe around 2008 / 2009 which wasn't as "hardcore" so to speak but it did have good basic training equipment. However, after a period of time, I got sick of how the gym was constantly busy, and travelling back and forth became annoying and I began really missing having my own spare room at home to use for training.

    Before I quit the commercial gym scene for good, I did manage to get a photo with Polish Strongman, Sebastien Wenta, back in 2010. I believe he was in town to compete at a local Highland Games show and ended up coming to my gym to train. He was with a few other guys that day, could have been family, training partners or both, I'm not sure, but they were all HUUUUUUGE!!! Giants they were, tall with massive structures. Looking back, I wish I'd stuck around to watch how they trained. Took me a bit of time to work up the courage to ask for a photo lol. For the record, I'm 6ft tall.
     

    Meeting Strongman Sebastien Wenta in 2010 - Strength Oldschool

     
    So around 2010 / 2011 I stopped training at the commercial gym and decided to train in my bedroom at my parents home. Some people reading this may think I was foolish but I was keen to start home gym training again, no matter how small my room was. 

    [Photo below - Parents House - My Bedroom - 2007] This was a photo of my bedroom from around 2007. The bedroom didn't change much from then up to 2010 / 2011. I think the Casio keyboard got ditched to make room for training, that's about it. My bedroom had a single bed, typical cupboards and shelves for storage, a computer desk in the background, laptop, and just enough floor space to use for training.
     

    My Bedroom back in 2007 at my parents house


    The only challenging aspect was buying free weights that could be used in a limited size training area. Fortunately, upon researching online I came across a company by the name of  "Ironmaster". It was a family owned, American business, founded in 1978, famous for designing heavy duty, compact, strength training equipment aimed at Home Gym users. Thankfully, the business spread its wings and began operating in the UK in 2008 which enabled me to buy my first set of Ironmaster Quick Lock Adjustable Dumbbells.  

    Ironmaster Quick Lock Adjustable Dumbbells


    WHY I CHOSE IRONMASTER?

    I had very limited space for training at my parents, so I couldn't buy Olympic Barbells and I didn't want to buy a few different sized Hex Dumbbells as they would take up too much space on the floor. Other options I came across online were "Power Blocks" and "Bowflex" adjustable dumbbells.

    Power Blocks Adjustable Dumbbells


    Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbells

     

    Both Bowflex (photo above may not represent the exact same dumbbells from 2011) and Power Blocks were convenient in the sense that both types could be quickly adjusted in weight, especially 'Bowflex' which simply involved turning a dial. However, both these adjustable dumbbells had a lot of negative reviews as they were easily broken and didn't stand the test of time. Power Blocks for me also looked too 'SPACE-AGE'! Those dumbbells could have been advertised as the best dumbbells in the world and I still wouldn't have bought them! I just couldn't take to them due to their weird, unusual design which also was a negative review for many other people online. Certain exercises also couldn't be done when using the Power Block dumbbells due to their unique design so again, that was a turn off. Bowflex resembled more of a real dumbbell look but after reading the negative reviews, I decided they weren't for me. So it was down to either buying Ironmaster or dumbbell handles with a selection of olympic weight plates (see below).

    Standard Dumbbell Handles and Olympic Weight Plates


    In case you are wondering, I had already made up my mind that dumbbells were the way to go for me due to the limited training space that I had. So it was just a matter of researching and choosing the best "adjustable" dumbbells for my needs. The main problem with buying 'Olympic weight plates' for dumbbell handles at that point in time, (if I remember correctly) was that you couldn't buy ultra thin style Olympic sized weight plates or custom length dumbbell handles like you see common nowadays. And if you could, you had to buy them from America which meant that shipping costs to the UK would be expensive! I believe Fractional weight plates were around to buy then which I'm sure I had but dumbbell handles were sold at the standard length of around 20 inches and were too long to use for arm training exercises, great for back training etc i.e. dumbbell rows, but just too awkward to use for direct arm work and even also for bench press work.
     

    Beginner Weights - Chunky Plastic Weights by Weider and Marcy


    As a youngster I used the thick, bulky, plastic weights made by either Weider, York or Marcy, I can't recall, but that memory I suppose, put me off from buying dumbbell handles and bulky individual weight plates (which I had previously purchased before in Carnoustie) so I opted to go for "Ironmaster". It was something new to try for me, which excited me, and the fact that the company had a long history and strong reputation for producing excellent, high quality, home gym training equipment, made me think I was making the right decision which it was! These reviews at the time helped made my mind up...
     

    5 Star Ironmaster Adjustable Dumbbells Review


    5 Star Ironmaster Adjustable Dumbbells Review


    5 Star Ironmaster Adjustable Dumbbells Review



    So on to MY OWN PERSONAL REVIEW....


    1. IRONMASTER WEBSITE
     

    Ironmaster UK Website


    In my opinion, the website is easy to navigate for users. Photos of products are large and crystal clear to see. Every item on the website contains plenty of detailed information which means less going back and forth with questions about products to customer services. If you do have questions about a particular item, the email response times are usually fairly quick (from what I remember) from as little as a few hours to no more than 24. I always got the genuine impression that Ironmaster trully cares for customer satisfaction. They fully believe in their products which shows. Another good feature I think is that Ironmaster provide videos that show off their products being used. You would think that's a common feature in gym equipment websites today but believe it or not, IT'S NOT! As a potential customer, seeing photos of an item(s) you wish to buy, whether it's expensive or not is great but customers really want to see videos of the product being used.

    One thing that annoys me about Gym Equipment companies in general is when they're making videos to promote certain gym products such as "Power Racks" that have built in 'cable machines' for lat pulldown purposes or tricep pushdown / cable curl exercises etc. Their videos are usually always edited to include loud background music throughout. As a potential customer I'm more interested to hear what noises come from the machine etc when getting used. Maybe I'm crazy but if you are considering buying a cable machine, I don't want to buy the machine and then discover there's a normal loud noise being exerted during every repetition! Another gym product which potential customers should be thinking about in regards to noise is if you're buying a cycling machine for cardio work, sometimes those machines give off a lot of noise and this isn't shown on companies videos who advertise and sell such products...They might list a 'dB' noise level in the description but do regular people really understand dB levels? So it's something to think about.

    Overall, I'm happy with Ironmaster's website and I do really enjoy browsing the site to look for new products etc.


    2. DELIVERY

    It's been a while since I ordered from Ironmaster but delivery on two separate occasions was always prompt. I was annoyed at one point after receiving my first ever order which was the '34 kg (75 lbs) Quick-Lock Adjustable Dumbbells' with Storage Rack/Stand. For some reason I was unaware that delivery would be in two installments. I was expecting just one large package which obviously didn't happen. So when I opened my package expecting my entire order to be there, I got pissed off after just seeing the Ironmaster Dumbbell Stand/Rack lol.
     

    Ironmaster Quick Lock Dumbbell Stand Delivery by Strength Oldschool


    Ironmaster Quick Lock Dumbbell Stand Delivery by Strength Oldschool


    It wasn't Ironmaster's fault, it does state on the website that buying the product I did, comes in two deliveries. And for some unknown reason, I had my mind fixed on one delivery only. So take note, depending on what you order, it may come in two or several deliveries and not just one large package. Also please be aware that additional deliveries may not happen within the same day, but you're best to contact Ironmaster for exact info on delivery procedures. 


    3. IRONMASTER DUMBBELLS 

    [A] Are Ironmaster Adjustable Dumbbells Strong?

    Advertised as the World's Strongest adjustable dumbbells is a very bold statement to make by Ironmaster. However they do come with a reputation of being EXTREMELY STRONG and they certainly feel strong when using them. I'm not personally interested in dropping dumbbells from a great height to test those indestructible claims and If I'm honest, I don't even drop the dumbbells when using them during my home gym training sessions. However, should I ever need to drop the dumbbells at some point, I wouldn't be worried about damaging them. I'd be more concerned about my home gym floor lol. Ironmaster offer a 'Life-Time' Warranty, so that's good enough for me!
     

    Quote

    "The adjustable dumbbells lock up tight with no rattling or looseness. They feel just like traditional fixed weight dumbbells and are not restrictive in the ways you can grip them...Heavy Duty – go ahead and drop them. No plastic or fragile parts! ~ Ironmaster


    [B] How Much Weight can Ironmaster Dumbbells be Loaded to?

    Ironmaster's adjustable dumbbell handles can be loaded up to 75 kg (165 lbs) by purchasing 'ADD ON KITS'. So they are perfectly suited for the serious strength trainer - see image below.
     

    75 kg Ironmaster Dumbbells


    AND.... If you wish to INCREASE the WEIGHT further Ironmaster now also sell "Heavy Handle Plate Kits" which transforms a typical Ironmaster empty dumbbell handle weighing 5 lbs into a massive 20 lbs!
     

    Ironmaster Heavy Handle Plate Kits


    Ironmaster Heavy Handle Plate Kits


    So a 120 lbs ADD ON KIT can be further loaded up to 135 lbs by buying the 'Heavy Handle Plate Kit above'. 

    And a 165 lbs ADD ON KIT can be further loaded up to 180 lbs with the addition of the 'Heavy Handle Plate Kit'.


    [C] What's the lightest starting weight for Ironmaster dumbbells?

    Ironmaster Dumbbell Handle without Weight Plates

     

    Ironmaster Quick Lock Locking Screw - Standard

    Quote

    "Handles weigh 5 lbs (2.2 kg) empty and each locking screw weighs 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg) – so the starting weight is 10 lbs (4.5 kg) each adjustable dumbbell before plates are added." ~ Ironmaster


    Given that I own these dumbbells I'm going to disagree with Ironmaster's statement above. If you lift the dumbbell handles without adding any weight plates or the locking screws then yes, each handle does weigh around 2 kg. However, for me, and this may be different for other users, I'm not sure, but I'm unable to attach the locking screws to the dumbbell handles without first adding at least one weight plate to either end of the dumbbell handle. Is this normal?... I'm not sure as I've never inquired about this problem with Ironmaster. For me this hasn't been a major problem but it may bother other potential customers. So the next heaviest weight up from the 2 kg empty dumbbell handle is really 6.6 kg to be precise which is around 14.5 lbs and not the proclaimed 4.5 kg (10 lbs). This equates to the following... 2.2 kg empty dumbbell handle + 1.1 kg weight plate X 2 (one on either end) + two locking screws which each weigh 1.1 kg.

    I should point out the following...If you purchase the 34 kg (75 lb) Quick-Lock Adjustable Dumbbells from Ironmaster, your package contains 24 x 5 lbs (2.2 kg) weight plates and 4 x 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg) weight plates. So the 1.1 kg (2.5 lbs) plates are Ironmaster's typical smallest weight plates. Fortunately, due to a recent upgrade in equipment, Ironmaster now sell even smaller weight plates.

    The smaller plates would help reduce the jump from 2 kg up to 6.6 kg but you would need to buy Ironmaster's "MICRO-PLATE KIT".
     

    Ironmaster Micro Plate Kit for Smaller Weight Increments


    Similar to Fractional Weight Plates Ironmaster's "micro" plates allow lifters to progress up in weight in smaller increments, by as little as 1.25 lbs (0.57 kg). So if you owned these micro plates, you would be able to progress from 2 kg (empty dumbbell handle) up to 5.5 kg (around 12 lbs). Ideally, jumping up to only 4 kg (8.8 lbs) first would be better but again, this may not bother a lot of potential customers. Really just depends on a person's individual strength levels. On a positive note, overall, having the option to progress up in weight by only around 1 kg (2.2 lbs) is a great thing and this is much better when training smaller muscle groups like biceps, triceps etc.


    [D] Can the weights be changed quickly and easily with Ironmaster Dumbbells?

    Compared to Bowflex adjustable dumbbells which simply involve turning a dial to change resistance, Ironmaster takes a little longer to adjust I'm afraid. You simply turn the locking screw a few degrees and pull the screw out from the dumbbell handle. You then insert a weight plate and place the locking screw back in and turn to tighten. Done! It's not complicated or time consuming but Ironmaster dumbbells are very similar to using regular dumbbell handles and loading the handles with Olympic weight plates and then adding on the collars for safety. Ironmaster dumbbells however have just been designed to be more compact.

    Ironmaster weight plates are compact in the sense that their plates are designed to be the same size (from a height point of view), no matter the weight. Only the thickness of the plates change in size as the weight gets heavier or lighter. This means that if you are lifting a heavy dumbbell, (see photo below for example) from a size point of view, the dumbbells only change in 'length' as the 'height' of all the weight plates are made to be exactly the same.  
     

    Ironmaster 75 kg Quick Lock Custom Add On Kit


    To put the above into perspective, take for example two Hex Rubber Dumbbells of different weights. Both dumbbells below are the same design, however one dumbbell weighs 5 kg, the other 65 kg and both measure differently in length and height. See * table below for size comparisons.

    5 kg Fixed Rubber Hex Dumbbell by Strength Oldschool


    65 kg Fixed Rubber Hex Dumbbell by Strength Oldschool


    Sizes of Hex Rubber Dumbbells by Strength Oldschool

    * I made all the above measurements when I used to have a complete range of Hex dumbbells from 1 kg right up to 70 kg!! I obviously had a lot of time on my hands! You can use this table to compare hex dumbbells with that of Ironmaster and other dumbbell training products.


    The square format shape of Ironmaster's dumbbells also means they won't roll about which makes them safe to use i.e. they won't roll over your toes! Depending on the lifter, this is either a positive or negative. Some lifters prefer the round look of dumbbells because it means they can push the dumbbells around a room with their feet instead of having to bend over and lift a dumbbell across a room. For me the square design is not a deal breaker....Do I prefer the look of rounded dumbbells?...YES but does the square format affect performance?...NO. So don't let the design turn you off from buying Ironmaster dumbbells.


    Another reason why Ironmaster dumbbells are compact is because all the weight plates can be easily stored within the rack. In the photo below, it shows 34 kg of weight plates, that's 75 lbs worth of plates stored at the bottom of the rack, with plenty of space left over for more additional plates which you can buy as 'ADD ON KITS'

    Ironmaster 34 kg Quick Lock Adjustable Dumbbells with Storage Rack


    The 'ADD ON KITS' would definitely appeal to the strength lifters out there looking for heavy, compact, home gym equipment. If your goal is developing maximum strength then you can upgrade to Ironmaster's  54.4 kg (120 lbs) Kit and better yet... progress to the 74.8 kg (165 lbs) Kit. The only downside is, to obtain the heaviest set of dumbbells that Ironmaster offer, you need to purchase the 120 lbs 'Add On Kit' first before buying the next heavier one.
     

    Ironmaster Quick Lock Custom Dumbbell 75 kg Add On Kit


    When it comes to dumbbells I'm a traditionalist. If I'm forking out my own money to buy dumbbells, they better be heavy duty i.e. last for many, many years and resemble a real actual dumbbell. I'm not interested in Power Blocks dumbbell with it's  'Space-Age' design, I want a real, traditional type dumbbell, something that resembles old school lifting. So the two things I like about Ironmaster dumbbells...

    1. They look like real dumbbells and feel like real dumbbells when using them.
    2. They are solid and won't and should not break if dropped. The good thing is, customers get a life-time warranty!


    WILL THEY BREAK?
     

    Quote

    "It’s a bold claim, but we’re so confident in this product that we offer a lifetime warranty to guarantee your new dumbbell set for life. Even if you’re a Pro bodybuilder who’s pressing the entire set. No matter how many reps the dumbbells get put through every week. Whoever you are, however you use them, we’ll guarantee them for life." ~ Ironmaster

     

    [E] How do Ironmaster Dumbbells work?

    Ironmaster Quick Lock Dumbbell Handle

     

    Photo above displays the standard dumbbell handle with locking screws (see below) on either end.

    Ironmaster Quick Lock Dumbbell Handles Standard Locking Screws

    The square weight plates with rounded edges have been designed to stack together on top of one another which are secured to the side plates of the dumbbell handle (which have the exact same shape). The rounded edges are very smooth so won't cut your skin. It's very important that the weight plates are stacked correctly before attempting to lock the dumbbells with the screws. Also it's important to note the 'V' shape notches at the top of the dumbbell handles - To remove or add weight plates, the locking screws (which also have 'V' shape notches) must align with the 'V' shape notches of the dumbbell handle. The "OPEN -- Arrow" markings on the locking screw should point up in line with the top notch of the square dumbbell handle in order to remove the locking screw and change the weight of the dumbbell.

    Ironmaster Quick Lock Adjustable Dumbbells

    Ironmaster Quick Lock Adjustable Dumbbells

     

    Quote

    "When the arrow on the locking screw is pointed up at the notch, this is the open position where you can pull the locking screw directly out of the handle." ~ Ironmaster


    Photo below shows a close-up of the 'V' shape notches.
     

    Ironmaster Quick Lock Dumbbells - Notch System


    Photo below shows a close-up of the inside of the dumbbell handle where the locking screws go into. You can see the threaded shaft which compliments the locking screw when tightening. 

    Ironmaster Quick Lock Dumbbells - Locking Screw System


    The photo below shows you how to align the locking screws with the 'V' shape notches of the dumbbell handle. The screw in this photo is currently out and loose from the handle. At this point, the screw would be inserted straight into the handle shaft keeping the notches lined up (screw notch matches notch on dumbbell handle) and then tightened by turning the screw 'clock-wise' until tight. How far round you turn it depends. Every set of dumbbell handles and locking screws may be slightly different but trust me, you will know when it's tightened.

    Ironmaster Quick Lock Adjustable Dumbbells - How They Work

     

    [F] How Thick are Ironmaster Dumbbell Handles?

    The chrome plated steel handles with knurled grips come in a standard size / thickness of 1.25" (3.2 cm). The width of the grip handle measures 6.5" (16.5 cm) which is slightly longer than my Hex Dumbbell handles at only 5". Please note that by buying Ironmaster's "Heavy Handle Plate Kit", the length of Ironmaster's knurled grip will become less than 6.5" (16.5 cm) - This should not affect performance in handling the dumbbell.

    The knurled grips feel solid and stable in your hand but if you want to focus more on developing your grip strength and build some wrist and forearm size, I'd suggest buying Ironmaster's "FAT GRIP ADAPTER SET".
     

    Ironmaster Fat Grip Adapter Set


    You have the option of purchasing 1.5" (4 cm) grip handles or 2" (5 cm) grip handles.

    I went with the 5" grip handles and absolutely love them. You can see the before and after photos below...
     

    Ironmaster 2 Inch Thick Fat Grip Adapter Set Vs Normal Handles


    Ironmaster 2 Inch Thick Fat Grip Adapter Set Vs Normal Handles


    Ironmaster 2 Inch Thick Fat Grip Adapter Set Vs Normal Handles


    I'd highly recommend the thick grip Adapters from Ironmaster, they feel great when lifting the dumbbells in all exercises. 


    [G] How do you Fit Ironmaster Fat Grip Adapters to the Dumbbell Handles?

    Ironmaster Fat Grips

     

    The Fat Grip Adapters come as you see above. One thick grip Adapter set comes in two halves with four screws. You simply wrap the two halves around the handle of the dumbbell and insert the screws and tighten. 
     

    How to Add Ironmaster Fat Grips to Adjustable Dumbbell Handles


    Ironmaster 2 Inch Fat Grips


    Close Up of Ironmaster 2 Inch Fat Grips


    Close Up of Ironmaster Fat Grip Adapters


    Ironmaster Fat Grips for Thick Bar Training by Strength Oldschool


    2 Inch Ironmaster Thick Bar Grips for Dumbbells


    Standard Size Ironmaster Dumbbell Handle


    2 Inch Thick Ironmaster Fat Grip Dumbbell Handle


    I'm not going to lie and say that attaching the thick grip handles was easy to do because it wasn't. The process is simple as described above but you may find inserting the screws extremely challenging. Took me over an hour to insert all screws. It's just fiddly trying to insert a screwdriver to tighten the nuts. But once there on, it's solid and brilliant to use. The only negative here is the following... if you only have one pair of dumbbell handles (as I do) , don't think for a second that you'll be able to easily switch between using the thick grip adapters by taking them off and on repeatedly to use only on certain exercises, that won't happen! This is just my opinion but realistically if you wish to use the thick grip handles for certain exercises only then I'd suggest buying an extra pair of Ironmaster Dumbbell Handles to allow you to use just the regular grip handles for other exercises. Personally, for myself I just use one pair of dumbbell handles and leave the 2" thick grip adapters on all the time for all exercises. One note of caution....If you purchase the thick grip handle Adapters of Ironmaster, I'm not sure if the 'Heavy Handle Plate Kits' will still fit the dumbbell handles?....I would contact Ironmaster to make sure if you are definitely planning on buying both the 'Heavy Handle Plate Kits' and 'Fat Grip Adapter Sets'. Better safe than sorry!
     

    Quick Lock Dumbbell Handle Set

     

    [H] How Much do Ironmaster Quick-Lock Adjustable Dumbbells Cost?

    Ironmaster equipment in general is not cheap but all it's equipment is made to be strong, heavy duty and designed specifically for the home gym trainer with limited training space. As a customer you're paying for the unique, compact design features of a well known, respectable brand. A lot of Ironmaster's sales are through 'word of mouth' and that speaks volumes in regards to how good Ironmaster's equipment is. 

    The 34 kg (75 lbs) Quick Lock Adjustable Dumbbells are pricey...As of writing this article, the current price of buying 34 kg (75 lbs) Quick-Lock Dumbbell Set (see photo below) from Ironmaster will set you back £700.00 (UK purchase) or $700.00 (US purchase). Given the current currency conversion rates at the time of this article, the UK price should only be around £510.00, so prices are definitely high at the moment for UK customers. But keep checking the Ironmaster website for more recent, up-to-date prices.
     

    Ironmaster 34kg Quick Lock Dumbbell Set with Rack


    The dumbbells have the reputation of being virtually indestructible and come with a LIFE-TIME WARRANTY! Not many companies, if any, will offer that! For me, having the warranty definitely makes me feel a lot better spending my hard earned cash buying such expensive home gym equipment. 

    Prices have definitely shot up in the last year or two. My second purchase (27 June, 2018) of Ironmaster's '34 kg Adjustable Dumbbells with the ADDITION of Ironmaster's Fat Grip Adapters' cost me LESS than £600.00. See photo below...
     

    How Much do Ironmaster Quick Lock Adjustable Dumbbells Cost


    Maybe prices will come down after all this Covid stuff? Should you lack the funds to afford Ironmaster Dumbbells or any of its branded equipment, Ironmaster do offer "0% Finance" deals allowing you to make affordable monthly payments. Something to consider if you desperately must have the dumbbells or any other type of equipment from the site. 

    Now let's put the relatively "HIGH PRICE" tag of Ironmaster dumbbells into perspective.... The dumbbell package above allows lifters to load TWO Dumbbell Handles from as little as 2 kg (5 lbs - which is what the empty dumbbell handle weighs) right up to an impressive 34 kg (75 lbs). That weight range alone would suit the general weight training enthusiast. You would only need to go heavier if you were into serious strength training. As I've stated previously, I currently own Ironmaster dumbbells (2 kg - 34 kg). I also have a massive range of Fixed Hex Rubber Dumbbells and two dumbbell racks for storage (see photos below).
     

    Strength Oldschool Collection of Rubber Hex Dumbbells - 1 kg up to 70 kg

    [Above] My collection of Hex dumbbells ranging from 1 kg (2.2 lbs) right up to 70 kg (154 lbs). This took two dumbbell storage racks and still there was a few dumbbells left on the floor. Not all of these dumbbells were purchased at the same time. My first purchase was for 1 kg up to 30 kg and then later on I made another purchase buying dumbbells from 35 kg up to 70 kg!


    Fixed Rubber Hex Dumbbells Ranging from 1 kg up to 30 kg

    [Above] This rack and dumbbell range is still present in my house (recent photo). This rack holds dumbbells going from 1 kg (2.2 lbs) up to 27.5 kg (just over 60 lbs), which is less than the 34 kg Ironmaster dumbbell package. My other Hex dumbbells, 30 kg (66 lbs) + are hidden in several cupboards of my house for storage! (see below).
     

    Heavy Rubber Hex Dumbbells by Corex Brand


    The dumbbell storage rack above has the following measurements:

    • Depth: 53 cm / 20.9 inches
    • Length: 162 cm / 64 inches
    • Height: 92 cm / 36.2 inches


    Now let's compare this to Ironmaster's Storage rack...

    Ironmaster 34kg Quick Lock Adjustable Dumbbell and Storage Rack

     

    Ironmaster Quick Lock Storage Stand


    Ironmaster 34 kg Quick Lock Adjustable Dumbbells and Storage Rack


    You can clearly see or at least get an idea of the difference in size between buying the amount of Hex Dumbbells required to match the range that Ironmaster offer but in a much more compact way. Hex dumbbells take up so much space which is perfectly fine if you have the training space. But if you are trully a "small" home gym user, then Ironmaster is the way to go.

    From a price point of view, going back a number of years ago, I easily payed well over £1000 to buy Hex Dumbbells in the range of 1 kg up to 30 kg....That was for 18 pairs of dumbbells! (see below).

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12.5, 15, 17.5, 20, 22.5, 25, 27.5, 30 

    The above price didn't include a storage rack which cost me a further £200+.

    So taking the Ironmaster Dumbbell Package of 2kg up to 34kg currently priced at £700, that's still a pretty good deal considering the amount of training space you'll be saving by not going for the same weight range in Hex Dumbbells. You can see above how the Ironmaster Dumbbells and Storage rack look in my house livingroom, looks pretty good in my opinion, a real space saver and blends in nicely with the furniture!


    [I] Is the Ironmaster Rack / Stand worth buying?

    YES! It holds all your Ironmaster Weight Plates including any additional weight plates you may buy such as the 'ADD ON KITS!'

    The rack is solid, no shaking what so ever and looks very stylish.


    [J] Can Fat Gripz be attached to Ironmaster Quick Lock Adjustable Dumbbells?

    Fat Gripz - Thick Bar Training for Bigger Arms


    The answer is YES!

    Fat Gripz - Thick Bar Training for Bigger Arms


    So if you don't wish to buy the 'Thick Grip Ironmaster Adapters' you can instead consider buying Fat Gripz to increase the size of Ironmaster's Quick Lock Adjustable Dumbbell Handles. The advantage of using Fat Gripz over Ironmaster's Thick Grip Adapters is you're able to easily add them on or take them off in seconds! If you also had a selection of Fat Gripz, then you could easily switch between them for different exercises i.e. one exercise use the 1.75" Fat Gripz, another exercise use 2.25" and on another use 2.75" and more importantly you could easily just revert back to the normal standard grip of Ironmaster Dumbbells. Unless you buy a second set of adjustable dumbbell handles from Ironmaster, then removing the thick grip Adapters from your dumbbell handles isn't as quick or as easy as using the Fat Gripz! Something to consider.

     

    4. What other Gym Equipment do Ironmaster offer?

    Ironmaster also sell Kettlebells! The Ironmaster 'weight plates' for the adjustable dumbbell handles can also be used with the Kettlebell Handle. (see below).

    Ironmaster Quick Lock Adjustable Kettlebell Handle


    Other equipment includes:

    IM2000 Self-Spotting Machine

    Ironmaster IM2000 Self Spotting Machine

    The Ironmaster IM2000 Self Spotting Machine is a Smith Machine rack with a built in 'high and low' Cable pulley system. This rack also allows a free weight option so safety catchers can be added to the front of the rack to allow free weight olympic barbell bench pressing, squatting, military pressing etc. The rack also comes with additional 'optional' attachments such as dipping handles, chin up bar, band pegs, landmine attachment etc. This is the rack I'm currently considering getting.

     

    Olympic Barbells

    Ironmaster Olympic Barbells

     

    Super Benches

    Ironmaster Super Bench Pro


    Ironmaster offer quite a few features which attach to this 'Super Bench Pro' such as a heavy duty Leg Extension device, and the Cable Tower Attachment V2. I may consider buying this bench at some point. I'm still thinking about it.
     

    Cable Tower Attachment V2

    Ironmaster Cable Tower Attachment V2


    A free-weight, compact cable tower which can be loaded up to 115 kg (253 lbs) and comes with a 10 YEAR WARRANTY! This tower can be attached to an Ironmaster Super Bench or Cable Tower Seat. The good thing about the cable tower which I like, is the fact that it can be easily moved around a room.

    Ironmaster also provide more equipment which I haven't listed above but you can easily check out the website


    YOUTUBE VIDEO REVIEW

     


    Overall Opinion

    I would definitely recommend Ironmaster Adjustable Dumbbells. As for any other additional equipment, with the exception of Ironmaster's Fat Grip Adapters, I can't really comment on how good other equipment from Ironmaster really is. However online reviews are very positive.

     

    Where to Buy Ironmaster Adjustable Dumbbells?

    (UK): If you are based in the UK click here.
    (USA): If you live in the USA click here.


    If you have any comments about Ironmaster's Quick Lock Adjustable Dumbbells then please share your thoughts below by responding to this article.

    I really hope I've covered enough within this article review to give home gym trainers around the world something to think about in regards to possibly buying from Ironmaster. Should you have any questions, feel free to ask.


    Keep training hard,

    Strength Oldschool


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