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Nov 2, 2019, 12:15:08 PM

Which dumbbell to get from Rogue?

Which dumbbell to get from Rogue

 
My personal favorite is the Rogue loadable dumbbell as it combines space savings with good design. For a big gym, you probably want to go for the Rubber hex dumbbells, unless you want to go fancy and get a full set of the Urethane version. If you are a strongman competitor you will find a good option in the Thompson fatbells. The power block is, in my opinion, an outdated design unless you really have no space available whatsoever. 
 
 
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Rogue Rubber Hex dumbbell

Rubber Hex dumbbell 

Price: $7.50 - $309

Overview of the Rogue Rubber Hex dumbbell

 
The rubber hex dumbbell is a classic which you find in many gyms around the country. They are a good, versatile low budget version of dumbbells that have stood the test of time. The Rogue rubber dumbbells are black and have rogue embossed on the rubber. The specifications are: 
 
  • Weight range: 2.5LB to 125LB
  • Tolerance: +/- 3%
  • Handle Diameter: 25MM up to 10LB, 35MM for 12.5LB and above
 
Which will cover every need. Dumbbells are good in small spaces, athletes who can not lift a barbell and to put resistance on ranges of motion which can’t be reached with a barbell. To make a complete set in a gym they are a necessity, especially for accessory work. 
 

Pros of the Rogue rubber hex dumbbell

 
Rogue takes pride in its products which shows in these dumbbells. One of the main concerns with dumbbells is that they come loose over time between the handle and grip which Rogue has addressed by paying special attention to this part of the dumbbell. A full rack of dumbbells is also great in any gym to leave options to train when the racks are taken. If you want to address beginners or rehab clients dumbbells are also a good go-to option. 
 

Cons of the Rogue rubber hex dumbbell

 
Compared to barbells dumbbells are not used in many competitions. Powerlifters and weightlifters are therefore better off to train with a barbell than with a dumbbell. If you want a wide range of weights the rubber dumbbells will also take up a lot of space and have more cost than a barbell. A kettlebell might also provide the same amount of exercises with the benefit of also being able to do Turkish get-ups and kettlebell swings. 
 

Alternatives to the Rogue Rubber hex dumbbell

 
Alternatives to the Rubber Hex dumbbells are
 
 
The Rogue loadable dumbbell is basically a shortened barbell that can be loaded with weights. Rogue also offers smaller weights to go with the loadable dumbbell. This is a great option when you want to be able to have a load of different weights on one dumbbell without eating too much space. Ideal for home gyms. For a commercial gym, it might be better to stick with a rack of dumbbells as they are more convenient to use and cover more clients at the same cost. 
 
The Rogue Urethane dumbbells are slightly higher quality than the rubber hex. As the name suggests they are made of urethane instead of rubber which makes them more durable. Personally, I think the main reason would be aesthetic and functional to get them over hex dumbbell. They are round instead of a hexagon. I never liked that design myself.
 
The Power block dumbbell is a classic design for home use. It follows the same idea as the loadable dumbbell to save space in a home setting. This is the most compact it can get for lifting dumbbells with many options in denominations. The only downside is the clicking mechanic to change between weights which is prone to break and that the block can a little too big when moving big weights. Here the loadable dumbbell might be less error-prone if you have the space to store the change plates. 
 
Kettlebells are always a good alternative to dumbbells. You can do almost all dumbbell movements with kettlebells while kettlebells also offer the Turkish getup and kettlebell swing as great conditioning exercises. The only negative with kettlebells is that I haven’t seen a great loadable Design for them yet to save space. If I was in the market for a big set I dumbbells I would get a wall of kettlebells instead. Especially if you have very heavy kettlebells it will set you apart from other gyms. It all depends on the clients you want to target as bodybuilders usually prefer dumbbells. 
 

Summary for the Rogue Rubber hex dumbbell

 
The rogue rubber hex dumbbells are an ideal solution for a gym with many clients at peak time and a lot of space. There is no setup time to get started and if they break they are easy to e the place. For most home gyms rubber dumbbells might not be the most cost and space-effective option Rogue has to offer. For this application, you might want to look into the loadable dumbbells before making your final decision. 
 

Which dumbbell to get from Rogue?

Rogue loadable dumbbell 

Price: $135

Overview of the Rogue loadable dumbbell

 
The Rogue loadable dumbbell is basically a shortened Rogue Ohio bar. The Rogue Ohio bar is the best selling backbone of the Rogue barbell portfolio. The loadable dumbbell is available in a 15 and 10 lb version. The 15 lb version doubles the available sleeve space so you can add more weights. The Rogue loadable dumbbell is compatible with your barbell plates. You can also get specially fitted dumbbell weights with a smaller diameter which I recommend. The big plates are usually in the way when they get close to your body. On a barbell, they are further away as the shaft is longer. The specs of the Rogue loadable dumbbell are: 
 
  • Sold Individually, NOT in Pairs
  • Made in the USA
  • DB-10 - 200,000PSI
    DB-15 - 200,000PSI or 190,000PSI Tensile Strength Steel
  • 28.5MM diameter knurled handle
  • Bronze Bushings & Snap Ring Design
  • Length:14.25" (DB-10) 20.5 (DB-15)
  • Load Capacity: ~100LB (DB-10)
  • Rogue branded endcaps
  • Available as package with set of Rogue OSO Collars
  • Compatible with any standard Oly plates and/or Rogue Dumbbell Bumper plates
 
A solid combination of a barbell, dumbbell and the idea of the power block to save space. Probably one of the best executed of its kind in the market in terms of design and finish. 
 

Pros of the rogue loadable dumbbell

 
They look great and the finish is a high standard. The loadable dumbbell will also save a lot of space in a home gym setup compared to a whole wall of kettlebells or dumbbells. Compared to the power block the mechanism to change between weights is easier and a lot more durable. They are functional, nice to look at and can be dropped without risking to break them. 
 

Cons of the Rogue loadable dumbbell

 
In a commercial gym setup, I think they are too expensive as they are not sons in pairs and not user-friendly enough. I can already see the mess when purple start loading their own dumbbells and leaving all the little parts scattered on the ground. In most gyms, it’s bad enough with plates and the usual rubber dumbbells. Imagine if all of the dumbbells also have multiple parts to them. 
 

Alternatives to the Rogue loadable dumbbell

 
Alternatives to the Rubber Hex dumbbells are
 
 
The rubber hex dumbbell is pound for pins the cheapest dumbbell with a rogue logo on it. They are also sold in pairs. If you like the hex design for your commercial gym I think this is the one to go for in bulk.
 
The Rogue Urethane dumbbells are slightly higher quality than the rubber hex. As the name suggests they are made of urethane instead of rubber which makes them more durable. Personally I think the main reason would be aesthetic and functional to get them over hex dumbbell. They are round instead of a hexagon. I never liked that design myself.
 
The Power block dumbbell is a classic design for home use. It follows the same idea as the loadable dumbbell to save space in a home setting. This is the most compact it can get for lifting dumbbells with many options in denominations. The only downside is the clicking mechanic to change between weights which is prone to break and that the block can a little too big when moving big weights. Here the loadable dumbbell might be less error-prone if you have the space to store the change plates. 
 
Kettlebells are always a good alternative to dumbbells. You can do almost all dumbbell movements with kettlebells while kettlebells also offer the Turkish getup and kettlebell swing as great conditioning exercises. The only negative with kettlebells is that I haven’t seen a great loadable Design for them yet to save space. If I was in the market for a big set I dumbbells I would get a wall of kettlebells instead. Especially if you have very heavy kettlebells it will set you apart from other gyms. It all depends on the clients you want to target as bodybuilders usually prefer dumbbells
 

Summary for the Rogue loadable dumbbell

 
The Rogue loadable dumbbell is a great option for the dedicated home gym owner who wants to save space and doesn’t mind the cost per dumbbell. This is a purchase that will make you happy and doesn’t make you look cheap. If you have to buy in bulk to cover the needs of more than five people you are probably better off with the hex dumbbells to save cost. Unless you are a rich university or NFL team who can afford to only buy the best for your athletes. You pay them millions, don’t be cheap on the equipment. Sends the wrong signals to your best athletes. 
 
Rogue Urethane dumbbells
 

Rogue urethane dumbbell 

Price: $37 - $7500

 

Overview of the Urethane dumbbell

 

The Rogue Urethane dumbbells are the Ferrari of the dumbbell world. They are available from 5lb to 150lb and are sold in pairs. Compared to other dumbbells they have a round instead of a hex design. Urethane is also a more durable material than most other dumbbells which are made of rubber. The handle is made of chrome which is 31mm to 34mm depending on the weight of the dumbbell. The specifications of the Rogue Urethane dumbbells are:

 
  • Sold in Pairs
  • Weight Increments: 5LB – 150LB
  • Solid Steel Heads with Black Urethane Plating
  • Straight 6” Hardened Chrome Handle
  • Medium-grade knurling for optimal grip
  • Fully welded as single-piece unit
  • Tolerance: +/- 3% of claimed weight
  • Black matte finish for clean, sleek look
  • Rogue logo and weight measurement in white print on black

 

These are great when you prefer a round design or if you want to give your gym a top-notch feel for clients who are willing to pay the extra price in membership.
 

Pros of the Rogue Urethane dumbbell

 
The Rogue Urethane dumbbells are round which makes them easier to handle. Hex dumbbells can get problematic on the stance when people start stacking them or place them in appropriate places. You can also roll them around which can make it quicker for staff to set up circuits as they don't have to carry everything one by one. Apart from the design is slick and Urethane gives you that extra durability. When you are just buying for yourself or for a shiny gym, this is a great option.
 

Cons of the Rogue Urethane dumbbell

 
Dumbbells can be had for a lot less money. Those might be used or don't look as nice. In addition, you need a lot of space to have all options from 5LB to 150LB stored. If you have a lot of space and clients, you probably want so many barbells and options. If you have a home gym with limited space you might
get the same quality and effect while saving space and money with Rogue loadable dumbbell.
 

Alternatives to the Rogue Urethane dumbbell

 
 
The Rogue loadable dumbbell is basically a shortened barbell that can be loaded with weights. Rogue also offers smaller weights to go with the loadable dumbbell. This is a great option when you want to be able to have a load of different weights on one dumbbell without eating too much space. Ideal for home gyms. For a commercial gym, it might be better to stick with a rack of dumbbells as they are more convenient to use and cover more clients at the same cost. 
 
The rubber hex dumbbell is pound for pins the cheapest dumbbell with a rogue logo on it. They are also sold in pairs. If you like the hex design for your commercial gym I think this is the one to go for in bulk.
 
The Power block dumbbell is a classic design for home use. It follows the same idea as the loadable dumbbell to save space in a home setting. This is the most compact it can get for lifting dumbbells with many options in denominations. The only downside is the clicking mechanic to change between weights which is prone to break and that the block can a little too big when moving big weights. Here the loadable dumbbell might be less error-prone if you have the space to store the change plates. 
 
Kettlebells are always a good alternative to dumbbells. You can do almost all dumbbell movements with kettlebells while kettlebells also offer the Turkish getup and kettlebell swing as great conditioning exercises. The only negative with kettlebells is that I haven’t seen a great loadable Design for them yet to save space. If I was in the market for a big set I dumbbells I would get a wall of kettlebells instead. Especially if you have very heavy kettlebells it will set you apart from other gyms. It all depends on the clients you want to target as bodybuilders usually prefer dumbbells
 

Summary for the Rogue Urethane dumbbell

 
The Rogue Urethane dumbbell would be my personal favorite when I open my own gym as I don't like hex dumbbells. If you have the money and space invest in something a little better to make yourself feel good and your clients more appreciated. For a home gym, I personally think that the loadable dumbbells from Rogue are a better investment to save space. 
 
Rogue Thompson Fatbell
 

Rogue Thompson fatbell 

Price: $27 - $215

Overview of the Rogue Thompson fatbells

 
The Rogue Thompson fatbell has been designed by powerlifter Donnie Thompson. This design places the handle of the kettlebell inside the body of the weight. This creates a hybrid design between a kettlebell and dumbbell. You can do all of the swings and Turkish get-ups of a kettlebell, while still also being able to use them as a dumbbell. The Rogue Thomson fat bell is available from 9lb to 150lb. Additional specs are:
 
  • Based on an original design by Donnie Thompson
  • Interior Handle and Center Mass reduce shearing force, add more load distribution on muscle & connective tissue
  • Solid Cast Iron construction
  • 9LB - 18LB Bells: 32MM diameter Ergo Handle
  • 26LB - 88LB Bells: 37MM diameter Ergo Handle
  • 97+LB Bells: 40MM diameter Ergo Handle
  • Flat machined base (open-ended on 18LB bell)
  • Black Powder Coat Finish
  • Rogue and Thompson branding w/ color-coded stripe for quick recognition
  • Applications: Presses, Swings, Lunges, Snatches, Cleans, Rows, and more

Pros of the Rogue Thompson fatbell

 
The Rogue Thompson fatbell saves you to buy a full rack of dumbbells and kettlebells as long as you like the idea of them or you think that your clients will actually like them. To have your hands in the center of mass also creates a different experience for the lifter. The fat bell puts different strains on the hands and moves differently from dumbbells and kettlebells. All good when you want to offer a variety of training options for your clients or for yourself to keep things interesting.  I do see these working well in a gym with a lot of clients who are interested in to strongman and powerlifting exercises. 
 

Cons of the Rogue Thompson fatbell

 
The fat bell will take up more space on a standard dumbbell rack than regular dumbbells or kettlebells. You will also not be able to stack them as well on an angled surface. So if you want to replace your current rack with fat bells, make sure you can actually store them on the surface. There is also no loadable option so the fat bells might not fit into a home gym if you want a wide variety of different weight options in a small space. The look and feel of them is very strongman. I think it will be unlikely that average customers will use them regularly as they might be intimidating and dumbbells are preferred. People usually don't like sticking their hands into something which they don't know. 
 

Alternatives to the Rogue Thompson fatbell

 
 
The Rogue loadable dumbbell is basically a shortened barbell that can be loaded with weights. Rogue also offers smaller weights to go with the loadable dumbbell. This is a great option when you want to be able to have a load of different weights on one dumbbell without eating too much space. Ideal for home gyms. For a commercial gym, it might be better to stick with a rack of dumbbells as they are more convenient to use and cover more clients at the same cost. 
 
The rubber hex dumbbell is pound for pins the cheapest dumbbell with a rogue logo on it. They are also sold in pairs. If you like the hex design for your commercial gym I think this is the one to go for in bulk.
 
The Power block dumbbell is a classic design for home use. It follows the same idea as the loadable dumbbell to save space in a home setting. This is the most compact it can get for lifting dumbbells with many options in denominations. The only downside is the clicking mechanic to change between weights which is prone to break and that the block can a little too big when moving big weights. Here the loadable dumbbell might be less error-prone if you have the space to store the change plates. 
 
Kettlebells are always a good alternative to dumbbells. You can do almost all dumbbell movements with kettlebells while kettlebells also offer the Turkish getup and kettlebell swing as great conditioning exercises. The only negative with kettlebells is that I haven’t seen a great loadable Design for them yet to save space. If I was in the market for a big set I dumbbells I would get a wall of kettlebells instead. Especially if you have very heavy kettlebells it will set you apart from other gyms. It all depends on the clients you want to target as bodybuilders usually prefer dumbbells

Summary for the Rogue Thompson fatbell

 
The Rogue Thompson fatbells are a good alternative to very heavy kettlebells as they can also be used as a dumbbell in these ranges. Kettlebells just get too big. In lower ranges, I don't see a lot of people preferring the fatbells to dumbbells.
 

Power block classic elite series 

Price: $299

Overview of the Powerblock

 
The Powerblock dumbbells are a classic design to save space and cost. The design is nested. Think of it like the russian dolls in dolls. The handle fits in each higher weight set and there it gets bigger and bigger. The good thing about this is that you only have two sets of handles. The power block sets are available from 5lb to 90lb. Some of the features include:
 
  • Black Powder Coat painted steel weight plates in classic square shape
  • Snap on color band applied to rails on one side of each block.
  • Handle has padded wrist supports
  • Straight Center Handle (hand grip)
  • Welded construction (non flexing)
  • Limited 10 year home use warranty. Home use products are warranted only for home use and warranty is void if used commercially.
This is a good alternative for people who do not want to pay too much and want their home dumbbells to be as compact as possible.
 

Pros of the powerblock

 
The power block design is hard to beat on space savings. Even the rogue loadable dumbbell needs more space as you need the special plates to make it work. In terms of price the power block also is not too bad.
 

Cons of the powerblock

 
The mechanics of the power block can become annoying when changing weights and are prone to break. In the higher weight ranges, the dumbbell can also get very cumbersome based on its rectangular design.
 

Alternatives to the powerblock

 
 
The Rogue loadable dumbbell is basically a shortened barbell that can be loaded with weights. Rogue also offers smaller weights to go with the loadable dumbbell. This is a great option when you want to be able to have a load of different weights on one dumbbell without eating too much space. Ideal for home gyms. For a commercial gym, it might be better to stick with a rack of dumbbells as they are more convenient to use and cover more clients at the same cost. 
 
The rubber hex dumbbell is pound for pins the cheapest dumbbell with a rogue logo on it. They are also sold in pairs. If you like the hex design for your commercial gym I think this is the one to go for in bulk.
 
Kettlebells are always a good alternative to dumbbells. You can do almost all dumbbell movements with kettlebells while kettlebells also offer the Turkish getup and kettlebell swing as great conditioning exercises. The only negative with kettlebells is that I haven’t seen a great loadable Design for them yet to save space. If I was in the market for a big set I dumbbells I would get a wall of kettlebells instead. Especially if you have very heavy kettlebells it will set you apart from other gyms. It all depends on the clients you want to target as bodybuilders usually prefer dumbbells
 

Summary for the Powerblock

 
Great for the occasional, recreational lifter to have a full set of dumbbells at home.
 

 

 

Topics: Rogue, Dumbbell