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So I purchased these weights because I was trying to get back into fitness regime and I thought I might as well get proper weights instead of using cans of baked beans as my weights. I like the material of these dumbbells because they give a good grip to them, which is a good thing when working out and your hands get all sweaty. Furthermore, the colour of the dumbbells are very pretty compared to other ones, making working out that little bit more fun and not dull, especially when you are not a fitness junkie. On the downside I down really understand why the dumbbells have a handle type thing. It does not really effect me but it is a bit unnecessary, it makes the dumbbells look a bit messy! The price is very reasonable and it is definitely worthwhile if you are going to be using them very often. There is not really anything bad I can say about them.
I am not a fitness fan - exercise is actually my worst nightmare. But, I am dieting all the time, usually not very well, and those dreaded bingo wings are something I am working to get rid of before the Summer months are here. I purchased the Davina dumbbell set from Argos at the reasonable price of £5.99 for a set of 2 to try and help them along. My aim was to use them twice per day for as long as my arms could take to work out those upper arm muscles. I didn't want to end up looking like a body builder, that was for sure but with these weights only being 1kg I didn't think that was likely.
At 1kg, these weights were the lightest ones available in her range. It was not the fact that there was a celebrity endorsement on these weights that attracted me, to be honest, I couldn't really care less whose name was printed on them (although I do like Davina's shows on TV), it was just the fact that they were the cheapest ones available at the shop and I didn't want to spend lots of money on something that had the potential to end up as a five minute fad. There are also heavier weights available in her range - 2kg ones are £10.99 (and in pink) and 3kg ones are £15.99 (and in blue).
These 1kg dumbbells come in a lime green colour, not my favourite colour really but they are only available in this shade. The colour is quite light so started to get a little dirty around the edges pretty quickly even with my limited use. The dumbbell outer material is made from Neoprene and although it feels rubbery, it isn't smooth and it doesn't help with the dirt situation, I don't think they'd be brilliant for sweaty strenuous exercise just because I think they'd end up looking grubby very quickly. I haven't tried to clean them with water yet because they don't feel like they'd take water very well and I'm scared it will make them look worse. It would have been much better if they'd have come with a plastic outer coating or a smooth rubber coating instead.
The dumbbells have Davina's signature at one end and the weight size at the other. Each of the weights have two hexagon shaped larger ends where presumably the weights are and then a thinner length joining the two ends together. They also have handles that come up from the middle part of the weights to aid in their use, although if anything these are a bit annoying rather than helpful - they'd be just has good if not better if the handle wasn't there. Although, I am talking from my experience of using the weights - the handles may be handy to people using them as part of an aerobic fitness workout as I assume they'd give better grip and stop them falling from hands. I suppose this is really what the weights are designed for primarily as with their weight being quite light, they are pretty perfect to be used in conjunction with other fitness routines.
I only use them a couple of times per day for a few up/down movements and out/in movements to work on those upper arms (sorry I don't know any technical terms). I find that for someone like me with a fitness phobia, these are perfect as they obviously have some weight to them, even though it's not much, to make a difference to my arms when used for any length of time. They aren't so heavy that I struggle to use them at all. Obviously I do get to the point where it feels hard work but as they say no pain no gain and I continue for a little bit longer. I only used to be able to do 20 per go before my arms would start feeling achy but now I've used them for a bit I can use them for a much longer length of time.
As for the bingo wings, unfortunately they are still there but I think they have made a bit of a difference to them and I think if I'd started to combine them with a fitness DVD that included routines using small weights then perhaps I'd have noticed a bigger difference. I can't blame the weights for my laziness really. I think they are exceptionally good value at £5.99, more so really than the bigger weights in the range - they seem to add £5 on per extra kg.
I rate them 4 stars overall, with only the material that they're made from letting them down.
Thanks for reading :o)