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These Everlast soft grip weights where given to me sometime last year when I was on one of my health kicks. Bought for around £10 in a sale, their original owner had finished her health kick and passed them on to me. I have tiny arms, childlike almost, so have never bothered to really use weights but seen as though they hadn't cost me anything, I thought why not?
The weights I have are 3lb each in a grey and black colour scheme. The hand strap is a soft, cushioned fabric that does not rub or cause irritation to my skin. It has 'Everlast' emblazoned in yellow across the strap but after some use, this will start to peel away. The weights themselves are quite 'squishy' for lack of a better word, filled with a rice like substance. What I like about the 'squishy' weights, is that they will mold in your grip, providing a comfortable grip when in use. I'm not a fan of metal or hard plastic weights, they can be uncomfortable quickly, but with the soft grip weights, you don't have any of that discomfort. They are not like memory foam though and will reshape as soon as you adjust your grip or release them.
The only fault I can find with fabric weights is that to me, they are not designed to be used for a long workout. My hands get quite sweaty after a while, which seems to increase when I use fabric weights. It does cause me to stop and start several times during a workout because I simply cannot stand to have such sweaty feeling hands.
These weights are easy to incorporate into my daily workouts, which are not the most strenuous in the world, but it's better than nothing! I am no gym bunny and prefer to exercise in the comfort of my own home so my access to gym like equipment is minimal. I tend to use a step-up for at least an hour every day, so holding these in my hands adds an extra 6lb to the weight my body is moving. I cannot say I have noticed any vast improvements, but my arms are very thin and any muscle development would look rather odd on my frame. I do feel more strength in my upper arms and shoulders and if I were to use them in a more 'weight workout' fashion, I gather I would see better results, but that's not what I've set out to do so for now, I'm happy.
I do not think personally I would have ever gone out to buy weights but, as we women age, we do have a habit of developing those 'bingo' wings, so as an early preventative measure, it might be worth the extra toning up now!
The Everlast soft grip weights are a new innovation for exercise fans. As opposed to the common design of dumb-bells which are made from hard plastics, these weights are designed to mould to the shape of your hands to relieve strain on your wrists. As well as helping you to tone up your biceps, triceps, shoulders and chest, they are also good news for those who struggle to hold conventional weights. Those that have difficulty in gripping the slippy, smooth dumbbells can use these with ease because they are easy to hold.
The soft and comfortable contoured grip allows the user to hold the weights in a variety of ways, and ensures they have an enjoyable workout and dont develop pressure points on the palms of their hands. Each weight also has a strap with 'Everlast' embroidered onto it, these also help the user to get a good grip on the weights. The weight is evenly distributed, rather than all the weight sliding to one side of your hand, the weight stays put.
My only concern is that because the weights are neoprene, they can absorb sweat and this is the only real issue I have with them. Also, because the sets are only bought in pairs (they come in 3lb and 6lb sizes) it would cost around £25 for 4 single dumbbells. Overall though they are a worthwhile product for those that have trouble gripping the hard plastic dumbbells.
Now I have a baby I need to have toned arms so I make sure that as well as carrying baby around and doing lots of lifting up in the air games I do specific exercises for toning and strengthening my arms.
Where do I buy these?
JJB sports is usually reasonable - or try Amazon, I paid £10 for a pair of 6 lb weights which are currently selling for £12.05 - so just keep your eyes out for special offers.
What are they?
Well they are essentially hand weights but what is unique about these is that they are bean bags as opposed to dumb bells. THis means that although they still weigh quite a lot (they come in sizes of 3 lb each or 6 lb each) they are flexible and small and easy to store.
They are used for any arm exercises from biceps to triceps to shoulder raises - to the dreaded lateral raises.
You can also use them on your feet as they have a hand strap - which is just as good for putting your feet through (mind you, I have small feet so if you have really big ones they may not fit).
These are surprisingly good weights. The hand hole is great as it means that you can't drop the weights and the bean bag style of them makes them easy to store. They are material which means that they can get wet without being too slippery.
I find these a great addition to my workout regime and would recommend them - particularly if you are a home "woker outer" and looking for something heavier than water bottles / baked bean tins to lift. Because they are specially built for weight lifting it makes them much safer to use than home "weights" and I think - much easier to use as they are the correct size. You also know exactly what weight you are lifting.
Overall I would definitley recommend these if you can get them on special offer. I would not pay more than £10 for them.
Last year, I bought the excellent "My Fitness Coach" game for Wii. One of the features of the game enables you to incorporate fitness equipment that you already own, such as steps, workout balls and hand weights into your routine, if you check the box on screen. This gives more variety to the game, as well as the obvious health benefits.
I had been using all sorts of things as weights during my routines, from bottles of water to toys! Luckily, I saw these soft hand weights on promotion in my local Wilkinsons store for about £7, so I bought them.
The weights are "bean bag" style, and weigh three pounds each, which doesn't sound a lot, but you can certainly feel the resistance when you lift them. The weights both have a number 3 printed on the ends. They are covered in a soft smooth material, and are purple and black in colour. They have a smooth, slightly stretchy strap along the length of the weight, which is just the right size to slip your hand into. As you grab the weight, the "beans" mould themselves around your hand for a really comfortable grip.
I think that these weights are a better idea than traditional dumbells, because they are so comfortable to use and the grip feels really natural. When I incorporate them into my excersise routine, I definitely feel the benefit, and my arms feel more toned. They won't turn you into Arnie or Stallone though (luckily!). They are also great to use during cardio routines to provide extra resistance and push your body that little bit harder.
I usually find that my kids pinch the weights to play with, and they love them. My daughter likes puting her feet through the straps and walking around on them! I think it is a testament to the quality of the product that the kids haven't done any damage to them, despite being quite rough with them. The bags have never burst and they still look and feel like new. The only wear they have is that the print has faded on the side of the weights.
There are loads of different excersises that you can do with the weights, and the Wii game is constantly coming up with new variations of excersises to try that help tone both biceps and triceps. I also enjoy excersising with these away from the game, as I can sit doing curls whislt watching TV or listening to music. These are definitely compatible with my couch potato approach to workouts!
The weights don't take up much room, and usually live permanently on the top of my computer cabinet. This means they are always at hand to pick up and do a bit of excersise with, unlike bigger pieces of equipment that need lots of setting up and discourage the user. I am really glad I bought these, and I use them a couple of times a week. I think that based on the quality of the product, that they will last many years to come, and that they were a really good investment, as well as a really fun way to lose weight and tone up.