Personal note: I have ABUSED the Powerblocks. Stomped them when they didn’t reseat and I’m in a hurry, thrown, dropped, you name it. Worst case, once the retaining pin got a little bent. I used a hex weight to pound it back straight. Even if you managed to damage a weight, they could be re-welded. The center part I can’t imagine getting damaged AT ALL, and the retaining pin is just attached by an elastic band so that’s a 5 minute fix. I have had mine for YEARS and use them HUNDREDS of times PER MONTH. I work out 6 days a week or slightly more on average.

In short: get them, you won’t be sorry.

An excellent add-on:

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If you have Powerblocks, these work perfectly because of the large surface area to stick them to. I have the hex, 1.25 lb ones.

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I understand these are expensive items, but I’ve been GLAD I spent the money on them.

How often do you say that you’re glad you spent a lot of money? Hardly ever, but that’s how good these are.

They are both 4.5 out of 5 rated at Amazon.

Quick thoughts about the Powerblocks vs. Bowflex SelectTech dumbbells:

I got my Platemates from a store. I talked to the salesperson and he said they had problems with the Bowflex weights breaking a pin inside the mechanism. If I recall correctly, they had stopped selling them. He even said kids playing with them had broken them.

The manual (at least for the 220 model and probably all others) says: “Never allow the dumbbells to drop freely to the ground.”

As noted in the beginning my Powerblocks have taken years of use and abuse with little evidence showing. I actually have plans to buy a bigger set.