It looks like one of those Bowflex rapid-switch dumbbells. You know, the kind that lets you change the amount of weights mounted on a dumbbell by simply turning a knob on each side. And well, it kind of works like that. Instead of a knob, however, the Jaxjob DumbbellConnect uses a digital interface that allows you to switch from one weight to another at a much faster pace.
That’s right, it’s an adjustable dumbbell set that you can switch to different weights by simply pushing a button, so you simply put the dumbbell in the rack, set the weight you want, and you’re set – it’s ready for whatever exercise you’re doing next. According to the outfit, switching from one weight to another takes no more than three seconds, making it ideal for those times you’re doing drop sets to train your body to failure.
The Jaxjox DumbbellConnect consists of a dumbbell mounted on its own rack, with seven detachable weight plates on either side. A screen at the base of the rack shows the current weight setting of the dumbbell, while buttons on either side of the screen allow you to increase or decrease it as you see fit. Once you change the weight setting, the dumbbell will rack or remove the plates automatically, so you get the exact amount of resistance you want as soon as you pick it up. The plates, by the way, automatically lock in place at the desired weight, so you never have to worry about any of the plates falling off at any point.
It can switch among eight different weights: 8 pounds, 14 pounds, 20 pounds, 26 pounds, 32 pounds, 38 pounds, 44 pounds, and 50 pounds. This should make it suitable for a wide range of individuals, as there’s enough resistance there to serve anyone but the most bulked-up gym rats (you know, the kind that will probably appreciate a couple of these plates instead), all while being functional for a wide variety of workouts. As with most dumbbell products, it’s sold as a set of two, so you can have a full 100 pounds of resistance at your disposal.
The Jaxjox DumbbellConnect isn’t just a regular adjustable dumbbell, by the way. Instead, it’s fitted with connectivity chips and sensors that allow it to connect with the companion app, allowing you to record your real-time training metrics, including reps, weight, sets, time, average power, and total volume. Oh yeah, the rack needs to be hooked up to a power outlet, by the way, since all those sensors and electronics will need the juice to keep running.
If you’re the type who prefers training with instructions, you can also access the app’s library of live and on-demand workouts, so you can feel like you’re in some kind of resistance training studio class at the gym. In case you feel more comfortable just doing your own programs, though, the classes should serve as a way to add variety during those times you feel like your workouts are getting a little too stale.
The Jaxjox DumbbellConnect is available now, priced at $449.