Matt Z wrote:
I don't think there's anything especially dangerous about training alone with heavy dumbbells. In fact, I never use a spotter for dumbbell exercises, even when I'm training with someone. The only time I'd recommend using a spotter for dumbbell presses is if your relatively new to an exercise.
Also, I don't see how the hooks would help someone to self-spot. You have to press the dumbbells nearly to full extension before you can hook them on the barbell. If someone gets stuck mid-rep it's very unlikely they'll be able to do that.
The only advantage I can see is that the hooks make it easier to get the dumbbells into position.
I worked to failure once with 120lb DBs on the Bench Press. I was alone. Upon failure, I couldn’t get the DBs up and they where stuck on my chest. I couldn’t do a “sit-up” with 240lbs on my chest since I was exhausted. I own the wooden floor I work out on, so I didn’t want to just throw the DBs down.......but in the end, that is what I had to do. In trying to drop them, I nearly strained my wrists, delts, and traps while I also knocked two large chunks out of the wooden floor (even though my bench is on top of a work mat).
After that little episode, I got the hooks. Now, I can go as heavy as I want and to complete failure. By setting the Barbell to the lowest setting, I need only move the DBs up 1” and a quick twist hooks them to the bar.
If you don’t work to absolute failure, or you have a partner, or you don’t mind throwing your DBs on the floor, then you probably would never understand the beauty of the hooks. I understand.