At first glance Power Reels may look like any other set of dumbbells—but they are anything but. They are connected by coils and two thin cables that stretch and spring back, creating constant tension during your workouts. This tension translates to nonstop burn throughout every motion. (It’s basically like using a cable or pulley machine for working out, except with more flexibility and room for variety.) For example, I did a chest fly and couldn’t believe how challenging the move was. To see how it stacked up to my regular weights, I picked them up off the ground and tried the same movement. The verdict? Dumbbells have nothing on Power Reels.
What’s more, because of the retractable cables, I can use them to mimic movements I’d normally do only at the gym, like cable tricep kickbacks. The burn is instant and again, the movement is way harder than attempting to do the same thing with just regular dumbbells. Oh, and if you’re wondering whether I’m sore after using them? That’s a yes.
Now that so many of my workouts are done at home, I worship my fitness equipment. Everything from foam rollers to resistance bands and dumbbells elevates my sweat sessions, and since adding these Power Reels to my routine, I find I’m pushing myself significantly harder. The brand has dozens of free online videos you can follow if you want to do a complete workout using them, but I’ve been adding them to the end of my 30-minute runs to get in a few arm and chest reps—after a few minutes, my muscles are fired up.
I lift weights because I love getting stronger, and the Power Reels offer me endless ways to challenge myself, plus they’re more fun than run-of-the-mill dumbbells because of the variety of movements you can do with them. The added bonus, of course, is that because they weigh only two pounds, I’m able to travel with them easily—should I ever go anywhere again.