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Argos Pro Fitness Pro Bells Set

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      31.10.2012 14:04
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      Overall good for the money

      My fiance bought me these for my birthday, I am unsure if should have been offended by that gift or not but either way they were a very welcome present. I have aften bounded round my front room to an excersise video with nothing heavier than two tins of beans in hand.

      My fiance did some weight lifting of his own while carrying these back from our local shopping centre, a good 20 minute walk!

      After unpacking and noticing the helpful carry case, the case is very helpful as it keeps them together and stops you losing one under the bed, sofa etc, plus you can transport them.

      The colours are eyecatching and for me personally I think this helps, it doesnt help with motivation obviously but it does help with the pretty score.

      There are 3 different weights 0.5kg, 1kg and 1.5kg dumbells. I started with the lightest ones and soon found myself in the swing of things. They are quite easy to hold and grip, they have a smooth finish, which can get a little sweaty after a good workout but a quick wipe over with a damp cloth and they are fine. The finish on them is a bit tacky, literally but it stops you flinging them across the room.

      These are perfect for the work that I put them through and although I have moved up to heavier weights, my kids use them sometimes. For £14.99 I wouldnt have expected any more or less from them.

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      04.01.2012 12:40
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      Overall not the best by far

      As part of my New Year's resolutions I am aiming to get fitter, lose some weight and try to relax more and get less stressed. My other half has owned some Argos Pro Fitness Pro Bells as part of a set she bout from the catalogue shop ages ago and up until now I've not even looked at them never mind touched them or tried to lift them as they have had no interest for me. However, I thought I'd start to use them now as a 'starter' to weight lifting to see how I get on with them.

      The set cost £14.99 and the dumbbells come in their own carrying case. I think these weights are specifically designed for women and they don't look very manly to me and I'm glad no-one can see me as I'm lifting them - the colours are far too pretty-looking and girly to be designed by or for a bloke in my opinion. We had to order these online but they arrived quite quickly, they were ordered on a Friday morning and they had arrived by Monday lunchtime of the following week.
      In the carrying case you get for your money:

      2 x 0.5 kg barbells
      2 x 1 kg barbells
      2 x 1.5kg barbells

      As I say, I'm not totally convinced by the look of these feminine looking weights. They look a bit tacky, shiny and girly. All that's missing is a sprinkling of glitter. They are all covered in a coating of vinyl enamel and don't look like they'll last for long in the shiny pretty department. Although my other half has had these for a while now she's not really used them herself either. She used them a couple of times as I remember when she was working out to her Beverley Callard DVD in the attic, but then apart from that they have just been left in their case in the basement in the cupboard. The colours are girly and will attract the ladies as they are pink, light grey and dusky blue.

      Overall I know these weights are not going to be much cop to me long-term as they are just far too light. Even the little lad has no bother lifting them. I'd say they are suitable mainly for the beginner lady to workout, or an OAP who's taking it very easy and wants to get back into a better level of fitness. However, for a large bloke like me who is strong anyway and generally does a lot of lifting and carrying, I may as well be swinging round cans of peas.

      I will preserver for another week or two though and then go out and buy myself some proper ones.

      Overall, too light a weight and far too girly for me personally.

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        04.11.2011 17:25
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        Overall it has to be a thumbs down for this particular Argos product.

        The Argos Pro Fitness Dumbbell set that I own is slightly different to the Dooyoo picture. Mine are three pairs of white, grey and black bumbbells and the shape of them are also slightly different too. Currently priced at £19.99 for the set of three pairs of dumbbells they allow you to vary your workout as you progress. The set consists of two 1.5kg, two 3kg and two 5kg dumbbells. User instructions are also supplied.

        I do often buy things from Argos and I have a collection of various exercise apparatus in my home. Among these is the Argos Pro Fitness Vinyl Dumbbell set. As there are three pairs of dumbbells at different weight sizes I am able to vary my workout according to my needs and this also gives the user the flexibility to share the set with other people or progress through the sizes as your workouts intensify. The dumbbells are made from vinyl and I find that they can become slippery with intense workouts. I also feel that there could be some padding, but overall I think this is just a minor issue as the weights are not really that heavy to warrant foam handles etc. I think for the price they are well worth a look if you are in the market for gym equipment.

        I noticed that currently Argos are selling the same set but with a 'tree' to store the dumbbells on, this is half price at £9.99 so is clearly the value option if you were to purchase soon. The look and feel of the dumbbells falls short of a lot of other equipment I have tried before, and when it comes to 'value' gym equipment I often get left feeling short-changed!

        On balance I think the Argos Pro Fitness dumbbell set is reasonably well priced, but I feel that on the design and comfort front they fall short of some competitors' products. I therefore cannot really recommend this purchase, but Argos do often have good offers on. I would certainly suggest their Pro Fitness Dumbbell Tree Set is a better deal.

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        03.11.2011 17:36
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        Only for beginners.

        I saw these in the Argos catalogue when I was looking for something cheap and portable to keep up a little light exercise - I didn't want to invest in any expensive gym equipment, I just wanted something to do now and then to keep me in shape and active, and I thought these would be a good idea for this purpose. At £19.99, there are probably cheaper options, but I thought that these would be a good introduction to this type of thing, as I didn't know much about weights and this sort of exercise. Also, I liked the fact that they came in a convenient and easy to carry case, which made transporting the products home much easier - I wasn't sure how I would get a load of heavy weights back with me, but this made it simple.

        -ooo- The Product -ooo-

        There are six weights in this set - as you can see above, they are bright and colourful and made of a hard, shiny plastic-type material which feels dense and is easy to grip. There are three different weights - 0.5kg, 1kg and 1.5 kg, with a pair of each type. They all fit into the carry case, which is easy to open up and locks securely so they won't fall out. They've also got neat grooves that they fit into to stop them from moving around.

        -ooo- Would I Recommend? -ooo-

        It's clear that these are basic products for use by beginners - the weights you get are very light, and are unlikely to build much muscle. However, they are good for lots repetition and toning and shaping muscles, or for people with limited strength who just want a little resistance. I think for most people, though, they are going to be too light - the 0.5kg weight didn't really feel like anything, and only the heaviest one offered any reisistance when I tried to lift it.

        On the positive side, these are a nicely designed product which are well made and are not going to come apart or start to deteriorate. There are very strong and I don't think you could damage them, plus I like the way they can be sorted away in the carry case. Overall, these are not really heavy enough, but the quality is good.

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        05.07.2011 09:30
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        Lightweights!

        A short while back I went through a bit of a "Let's Get Fit!" phase and decided to buy a few different bits of equipment to assist my new fitness regime. I had read about similar types of Dumbbells in a Women's Magazine and they sounded like they would be a good investment to work on my toning and muscle strength. I was on a tight budget too so I couldn't really affor to fork out for anything much better, so for £14.99 these are the ones I bought.

        The weights themselves are coated in a cheap looking plastic "laquer" material which are quite sticky in your hands and I think this is probably so that they don't slip out of your grip easily and cause injury! The shades are Grey, Blue & Pink which I thought were a bit different from the plain old standard fitness equipment colours and since I am a bit of a girly girl they did quite appeal to me. My first thought about these dumbbells to be honest was "How am I going to tone up with these?!" they weren't exactly what I would consider to be heavy weights! The sizes are;

        0.5 KG
        1 KG
        1.5 KG

        These weights certainly don't make you break into a sweat! I did use them for a few weeks and found them pretty usless for what I wanted to be honest. They do come with a carry case which is handy for transporting them round but I really do think that these are meant for real beginners or those who don't want to lift much weight at all. The main reason I had bought the weights was to work on my arms but after doing several reps I couldn't really feel much.

        I have since passed these on to my 71 year old father who uses them daily to excercise his arms!

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        01.06.2011 20:39

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        Not that good...

        I had first bought this set of weights in thinking that they would be better than buying a 20kg set. After months of using these I saw absolutely no change in my strength or mussle size which was a disappointment but I recently bought a 20kg set at £25 which using the lightest amount has shown a large increase in strength and mussle size in under a week after months of no exercise. The only good thing about these weights is the amount of storage space they take up which is very little but when you compare the size with a 20kg set in a box it is very little space to. I recommend to anyone wanting to buy a set of weights to get a 20kg set or you will end up paying about £15 each time you want to get about 2kg more in a weight when you can get 10kg more on one bar for roughly £10. If you ever find a set of weights with the name DOMYOS I recommend buying them.

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        09.12.2010 00:14
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        Recommend to anyone starting out at using weights.

        With the price of gym memberships getting higher and higher, I decided to try these pro fitness dumb bells that I bought from Argos to see if they're any better than the ones used at the gym.

        As well as the dumb bells I got a black plastic carry case that has moulded inserts to place the dumb bells in which makes storing them very easy. I got three different weights of each I got two for each weight.

        I found I wasn't using the 0.5kg and the 1kg weights as much as the larger 1.5kg weights. I thought the 0.5kg was a waste of time and meant more for children, not full grown men and women. I could lift the 0.5kg with my pinkie finger they are that useless.

        The dumb bells themselves are cast iron which makes them sturdy and robust. Covering the cast iron is silicone which is incredibly easy to hold and even making fast thrust movements you never feel you are going to drop them or lose grip. Also included is an instruction manual with a buff man showing some basic routines you can do with the dumb bells which is a nice touch.

        One downside that I found is that the rubber/silicone covering has started to rip / split after a few months usage exposing the cast iron insides and I couldn't get a refund because I'd gone past the refund date so they don't seem to last even if they are great to use.

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          23.10.2010 12:51
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          Fitness weights

          I bought these fitness bells after having injured my shoulder, and all though they looked kind of cheap and odd at first eyesight, they proved to be a helpful tool when getting my muscles back into shape and function, and I have continued to use them afterwards, trying to add to my muscles collection... Well, won`t say more about that...

          These weighs in on 0.5 kg, 1 kg and 1.5 kg, and all though that doesn`t offer much of a challenge, they are great for training you back into shape when having been injured, but they are also great for slight and easy muscle training... They come in a very practical and handy carry case, and you really need this in order to store them and transport them around! To my knowledge, they are made up of very solid and sturdy quality, they at least appear to be lasting well and they don`t even look as though they have been used, and there were days when I used these two times a day for months at a time!

          If you are serious about building your muscles into shape, I believe you perhaps should consider buying weights that weigh more than these, but as mentioned, these are great for starting the process! Fitting nicely into the grasp of the hand, appearing to be long lasting and working good when re-building my muscles, this was a buy I would do again!

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          11.10.2010 13:04
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          Good for all the family

          This is a set of dumb bells for a starter with exercise or somebody looking to gently return themselves to fitness, they have proved really useful both as fun toys for the kids and for when we have older active relatives come to stay.

          They were bought by accident as my wife thought they looked pretty but on purchase realised they were possibly too light for her, although they have proved useful to hold whilst she does aerobics or yoga via dvd as they allow her to do the hand movements with at least some resistance.

          Where can you buy them:

          Available in Argos only, buy in store or purchase online where they should be delivered within 2 working days.

          What do you get:

          The set contains the following

          2 x 0.5 kg barbells
          2 x 1 kg barbells
          2 x 1.5kg barbells

          You also get a carrying case, which is actually a really good idea as carrying dumbells can be awkward and leaves little opportunity to carry much else, but with the bag, you can take them to the park, to the gym, away on holiday.

          Looks:

          I'd say these are a mix of nice and horrible, the vinyl enamel is shiny, with grey, pink and blue colours which stand out and are shiny, my one worry is that as soon as one of them gets a scratch it will be ruined, as it will look awful.

          The Product:

          For me i've used them a few times for shadow boxing and they are fine, too light perhaps but really useful for my wife when she wants a slightly harder workout, they are also good for the kids to at least lift and do stretches as they feel as though they are getting stronger in a healthy natural way without needing to hurt themselves in anyway.

          The product is probably not worth £14.99 but it is a decent set of dumb bells, the case means they can be stored easily and conveniently and the 0.5kg weight is for the kids, so the whole set has proved useful to our family.

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            13.09.2010 14:38
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            Reccomended only for beginners

            My brother recently purchased these dumbells for £14.99 with Argos so i thought i'd give them a try. The set includes two 0.5kg, two 1kg and two 1.5kg dumbbells and comes with a simple black storage case, something that regular dumbbell users will appreciate as it saves misplacing them. The most appealing feature is the rubbery material around the bells as it allows a firm grip while lifting and at the same time is not abbrasive on your palms like most metal grips. However this comes with it's own downside as the moment you get sweaty palms while working out the rubber starts to feel quite uncomfortable and sticky. I would reccomend that only begginers need buy this set as after you get used to the 1.5kg bells (this doesn't normally take long) you will find yourself needing a heavier set, therefore regular dumbbell users will not get a lot of usage for money. At £14.99 i'd say there's a good value/money ratio considering you get 3 pairs of high quality bells with carry case included.

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            25.08.2010 14:55
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            If you are just starting out you should take a look

            These are a set of weights which I think are extremelly useful for women. They could also be used for children to get them into the mindset of working out. I would say they aren't useful for anyone who is not a beginner because the weight they are really wouldn't be beneficial. As said though if you are a woman or a beginner then I would considering getting yourself a set.

            Price

            You can get these in argos for a good price even though I can't remember it. I think they were under £10 which is decent enough. If you have never used weights before then I think the price is good enough to make you go out and get a set. They will benefit you in the short term before you have to change to something heavier.

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            The set came in 3 variations weighing 0.5kg, 1kg and 1.5kg. The weights have a nice enough feel on them so the user will not feel any roughness on their hands due to the weight. You will find they are very easy on your hands as they come in a very soft material which is extremelly easy to grip onto. The box you get with them is pretty handy and is just a simple black box which you can just click to open and close. This is a good thing as it means the user could possibly take these with them if they are going somewhere to make sure they keep the dedication up.

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            I think that if you are looking for a product which will be better value for money then you could get a set of weights which are weight adjustable. These will cost you more but I also find they are much better value for money in the long run as they will last much longer.

            Results

            For a beginner these are a set which they will really benefit from. Over time it is obvious that with progression you will need to change the weight to something heavier. Even though these won't last you very long I think they are a good starting set for beginners when they are looking to start out. Even though the colours are very in your face this could restrict them only being on show in a home gym. With the price being what it is though I think these should be looked at.

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              21.08.2010 21:38
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              Unless you're very unsure of starting weight training, I'd say spend a bit more for adjustable

              I bought this set of dumbells when I first decided to 'get fit' a few years ago, they are still available from Argos so must be pretty popular! To be honest, I haven't used them since a few months after I bought them as it doesn't take very long for strength to 'outgrow' these particular weights.

              The carry case is undeniably very handy, its plain black and rectangular with the handle at the top end and it opens along the wider edge. There are slots for each of the weights and they generally stay put while carrying them around. The case is useful for storing the weights without them looking out of place, unless you have a home gym its unlikely that these particular colours will compliment your decor!

              The weights come in sets of two, weighing 0.5, 1 and 1.5kg. The weights get larger as they get heavier but all have the same size handgrip. They are made out of cast iron but 'dipped' in a weird plasticky material that I found a bit offputting and weirdly sticky, but that could just be me being weird! Another word for the stickiness could be 'grip' and I suppose its a good thing that the weights don't shift in your hand as you're using them.

              The main problem with these weights is that they're just too light and they don't challenge you for very long. The 0.5kg weights were very easy for me to lift straight away so they did absolutely no good. I could feel more of an effect when using the 1 and 1.5 kg weights but they still aren't heavy enough to actually build any muscle or strength. The one thing they could be useful for would be toning up and increasing stamina by doing lots and lots of reps. But we're talking lots! After a few weeks of using these weights every day I needed to do upwards of 40 or 50 reps to actually feel any thing.

              So these weights have a short lifespan. They can be handy if you've never used weights before and aren't sure where to start but I would recommend that you get an adjustable set where you can start off with low weights and build up to heavier, more challenging loads.

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