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Trying to mix up my exercise regime a bit (I have been doing zumba almost exclusively for the last year or so) I decided I needed to start doing a bit more weights based activity and also wanted to have a fairly light set for picking up whenever I have 10 minutes to spare to work on my arms (my number 1 disliked part of my body). I saw these while wandering round JJB Sports over the Christmas sales period and as I had a voucher to use I decided to invest.
These are from the Pineapple fitness brand and as such are a lovely pale pink colour. I paid £7.99 for this set which I felt was pretty good value for money (especially as I had a £5 voucher so effectively they only actually cost me £2.99).
They are only 2.5lb or 1.3kg each so are relatively lightweight - but this suits what I want them for as I do not want to build muscle, only to tone up what I have. I find this weight is about right for me at the moment (having not done any weights work in a while) and I am enjoying the resistance I get from doing around 40 reps on each arm in various positions. I can certainly feel the effects the next day but not so much that I know I am overdoing it.
The shape of these dumbells is very ergonomic and the middle bit which you grip is nicely ribbed to ensure that they do not slip but are firmly held easily. The ends are rounded rather than flat and one end has the Pineapple logo embossed on it and the other end has the weight embossed. To be honest if they did do these weights in a slightly higher band (say 4/5lb each) I would probably invest to continue toning as at this weight I know I will probably find they are not enough once basic toning has been achieved - but my local JJB only had them in this size.
Pineapple seem to specialise in good value workout equipment aimed at women (in pastel colours and smaller weights) and for me this is a brand I know and trust. These weights are exactly what I was looking for and I love them, I would recommend them as a starting point for anyone wanting to commence with toning the arms.
There is a set of these dumbells in my local gym, so I thought it would be interesting to review them. Bear in mind, I'm a girl of average weight, UK12, who normally uses middle of the range dumbells - my usual weights are 20-25lbs. If you saw me in the street, I don't look like one of those 'muscly freaks' the gossip magazines swear you'll turn into if you lift more than 3lbs. I look average, perhaps a bit leaner in the arms and legs than normal, but overall average, and I'm pretty happy to be strong. However, I read some articles by Tracy Anderson, and figured I'd be a hypocrite if I didn't try them, so headed for the pink dumbels.
The dumbbells are 2.5lbs each. To put this into perspective, the average full term baby is around 7.5lbs. Now, I know you can argue that you're never going to bicep curl a baby, but half the point of getting fit is to be make life easier. If the weights you're working with are lighter than a bag of potatoes, then the practical applications of your workout are going to be pretty low. The Tracy Anderson Method says you should do lots of reps at a low weight, so I go for 100 bicep curls with the weights. Yes, by the last few my arms ache (do anything 100 times and things will start to ache!), but I'm not sweating that hard, and I know I'd feel more tired/worked if I'd just done 10 bicep curls with a higher weight. Next up is 100 tricep curls. Then 100 side lifts. And on and on and on... My arm workout alone (which is normally a 15 minute affair) takes 45 minutes. Why would you do this to yourself?
The dumbells themselves are holding up nicely. the grip is still strong, not slipping. I can't get over how 'barbieish' they look though! It's such a stereotype, and I really want to put them down and go for the normal silver weights, even the light ones. I feel like I should have much more makeup on, and a perma-grin etched on my face.
I can imagine that, if you're not used to a gym, these are a godsend - light, unassuming, difficult to injure yourself with, and not all that intimidating. However, while they may be a good starting point if you're really new to exercise, they shouldn't be the 'goal'. Even upping the weight to 5lbs would compress your workout. There's a great article on why lifting heavy works for slimming women here http://rawfitness.blogspot.com/2007/01/women-lift-heavy.html and I'd recommend anyone looks at the transformation of a girl named Joob (her blog is called hey joob, google it!). Both convincing stories that show that lifting heavy is not counteractive to weight loss!
After hiring a personal trainer at the beginning of my pregnancy, he decided I should spend this time toning my arms and legs in order to make weight loss that little bit easier when baby arrives. I despise the gym so he gave me a shopping list of items I needed to safely and comfortably work out at home.
These Pineapple dumbells were the first thing I bought, Mark does a fair amount of weight lifting but all his weights were too heavy for me so I decided to buy a set of these as they are a standard 2.5kg which I was told was ideal.
I like the compact nature of these dumbells, the short post connecting the two ends of the dumbells is perfect for a woman's smaller hands and this makes them easier to hold than other weights I have used. A sweeping generalisation I know, but feminist or not you have to agree that most women's hands are smaller than mens.
The post is made of a ridged rubber which allows me to get a good grip on the dumbells, this is particularly important when using them to tone my upper arms as I always worry about dropping weights while holding them behind my back. The rubber also means that when my hands get sweaty during a workout they don't feel slippy or wet.
The ends of the dumbells are solid and made of a hard plastic, they are perfectly balanced and this makes them comfortable to hold and use. I like the rounded appearance of the dumbells as it makes them feel much nicer to hold and also makes the weights themselves more compact to use, which again is ideal for me as I have smaller than average hands.
I've been using these weights for around six months now and can definitely see a difference in the tone and appearance of my arms. The shape and style of them means they are easy to control whatever exercises I am doing with them.
My fourteen year old daughter has recently discovered exercising and she loves using these dumbells from Pineapple, again the compact size of them and standard 2.5kg weight means they are just as suitable for her as they are for me. Mind you, her hands are bigger and she is stronger than me so I think she'd get on just as well with her dad's larger weights!
£12.99 from Pineapple.
My mum uses these as part of her fitness programme, that she is supposed to perform at home. Whether or not she sticks to this regime is questionable though! I think most of our family have a set of weights of some sort, so we have varying sizes and weights to pick from. These offer the weightage of 2.5kg, which is more suited to someone just starting out with a programme or for someone to use to ease them into a regime.
It could be argued that they are exclusively for girls, this is not true. The only indication that the weights are for women comes down to the colour choice, but if you go to a gym, the studio room often houses many bright colour choices of dumbells. So why do I like these then? Well, if you have been ill or out of shape then they are ideal for getting the body back into the swing of things. Launching into a routine with too heavier a weight will only strain the body. I used these just to aid simple exercises. I used them in either hand while performing crunches, just to add that depth of variety to the routine. They are also great for aiding stretches at the beginning and end of a session.
If one stands and stretches with these, they help realise that stretch and test the body that bit more. With the rubbery surface they absorb sweat and allow you to grip comfortable for longer periods. While the weights would not give you much muscle development, they would help tone the biceps and triceps if you use them as part of a bigger programme. Another alternative that I have tried with them is to use them in either hand while practising yoga poses. Again this helps balance the body and will allow the arms a workout while the core exercise is something else. Eight pounds will buy you a set of these, which is a good price for a well made set of dumbells. You just need to be creative to get the most from the lighter weight.
I lost 2 stone before the summer and felt much more comfortable in my body but felt i needed to to tone up. I was going to join the gym but it was so expensive at £40 per month so i decided to just buy some gym equipment that i could use at home.
I bought the Pineapple dumbell weights as i thought they would be ideal for toning my arms, I bought mine from debenhams department store for £7.99 and feel this was a good price to pay. I also know that JJB sport shop sells them to for the same price.
The bumbells are baby pink in colour and weigh 2.5kg which i think is a ideal weight for me as its not to heavy but its heavy enough for me to feel my muscles working. They are ball shaped at either ends and have grips on the handle area. They are coated in a pink rubber materiel which makes it easy to clean after using them, i use a damp cloth.
They came with instructions which tell you how to use them safely and let you know the benefits of using them. They tone up your body and can be used as part of resistance training. They improve core muscles and upper body.
They are very simple to use, i also bought the pineapple yoga mat to use while exercising. The pineapple range do lots of exercising equipment all in pink for women and is for home use and can be easily stored. I am very happy i bought them and they did improve my tone and made me stronger. They were very cheap to buy and i have used them alot and glad i did not join an expensive gym.
I have bought more from the pineapple range and will be reviewing them soon.
I can not fault them so i give it 5 dooyoo stars
Another of my Pineapple Gym Equipment is the Dumbell Set with Bumper Guards. I got them along with the Pilates Rowing Exerciser and the Thigh Toner from JJB Sports. The Dumbells cost just £7.99. They are the usual pink and black colour that the Pineapple gym things are in. They have the Pineapple logo on them and black bumper guards to take the impact if you knock them together whilst using them.
The Dumbells are 2.5ib each so not too heavy but enough to do some good and make a difference. I am wanting to be extra toned as I'm planning my wedding for next year and I really want my arms to look good as they are going to be on show.
I use the Dumbells every day at some point. They have a good grip on them which is great if you get too hot. They help tone my upper arms and the lovely thing is you can use them just about anytime any where. Also if I'm a bit short of time these are great for a quick exercise.
I also find these help with my upper back. I was getting a bit of pain and my GP said my muscles were too tight and they needed exercising regularly. The Dumblls are great for this. I also find my shoulders ache a lot after sitting at my desk all day at work. The Dumbells really help my neck and shoulders loosen up after a particularly bad day.
Over all I'm really pleased with the Pineapple Dumbells. I've found them extremely helpful when exercising my upper body and I do like the girly colour.
The only downside for some may be that you cant add any extra weight to them but I find they are just the right weight for me.
Ive accumulated quite a few of these Pineapple sports aids over the past few months along with all the other sports equipment we have knocking around the house and so I thought it might be about time to review them - also those extra points come in handy for Christmas presents! Anyway over the last few weeks I think Ive bought pretty much every Pineapple fitness product there is and one of the first one's I tried out were these "Pineapple Dumbells" basically because the set out dumbells we had before we really rubbish and Id been meaning to get a new set for ages - and I think you can tell why these caught my eye - being the girly girl I am! Anyway I must admit I did probably buy these for their appearance more than anything else but thankfully having now used them they are miles better than the set I had before and do the job perfectly.
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Other Information: 5lb each, can be used to increase cardio workout & are said to help improve the shape and tone of your arms and back, your core muscle strength & used to firm and tighten your upper body.
These dumbells are exactly the same as in the picture being light pink and black in colour. They have a really good grip in the middle which Ive found to be just the right size for my hands and the grip ensures they never slip out or you drop them. Im a bit of a weakling so I thought 5lb would be a bit to heavy for me to use all the time but they arent at all. They are much lighter than I expected and super easy to exercise with even if your using them as part of a workout and not alone.
Now I wouldnt say that my arms need toning up an awful lot - its probably the one part of me that is in shape LOL so I bought these to ensure they stayed that way more than anything else. Prevention is better than cure as they say! And I have to say so far they seem to be working. I use these as part of an exercise DVD that has a cardio and boxercise section and before I was using pop bottles with water in them and these are miles more effective than anythin Ive used before.
Even after a workout I never really feel like Ive done much with my arms but after using these I feel like everywhere is getting a proper workout and not just the areas like bum & tum. I definitely think though with prolonged use these could tighten up arms that arent in the best shape because they have made mine much better in hardly any time at all. Add these to your workout because it does make all the difference and makes sure your whole body gets a workout and not just the "problem areas". Highly recommended.
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In a bid to get fit this summer i bought pineapple fitness equipment. I always had time to nip to the gym before the twins arrived in fact i had been a gym member for 8 years. After having the girls i went from a size 8 - 14 back to a 12 now but still not happy with myself. Not having a lot of time now i can get fit in the comfort of my own home.
The pineapple dumbell set costs around £8.00 depending on where you get them. I purchased mine from our local jjb sports shop.
The dumbells are are set of two weighing 2.5 lb each 5lb in total. They are baby pink in colour with black rubber bumper guards on them. pineapple logos are on each end of the dumbells. The dumbells are to help build the mussels in the upper arms, back and shoulders. It is a good cardio workout. You should start off slow with the dumbells and not over do it as i found out the hard way three full days off agony back and shoulder mussels.
I have been using these for the last few months and have worked them into my everyday routine, i feel and see a difference.
I recommend the pineapple dumbell set as well as the pineapple twist board these are the two i feel have done it for me.
After vowing to get my body back to how it was before I had my daughter, I had a serious fitness kick and purchased a fair bit in my attempt to get it. The Pineapple dumbell set was another set I purchased from the Pineapple fitness range. As with the other bits from the range, I purchased these from JJB for £7.99. I thought this was particularly cheap though I am no dumbell expert!
The set contains 2 pink dumbells with a black trim and the Pineapple logo embossed on the dumbells themselves. They weigh 2.5lbs each. The have bumber guards and came with full instructions on how to use. I would recommend reading through these as they tell you how to use the dumbells without causing injury to yourself.
The dumbells claim to improve your core strength, function movement, overall muscle tone and flexibility. They are also supposed to help you shape and define your upper body, arms, shoulders and back as part of a cardio workout. I know, it all sounds very painful!
As with the rest of the range, I liked the fact that these were pink and ultimately girly. The last thing I want to use is really bloke like equipment when I am working out. it is bad enough that I get hot and sweaty. Like the thigh toner which could also be used to tone your arms, I found it much too boring to just work out with these with nothing going on. I have used them when I am listening to music and have been moving about, jogging on the spot or the like. I really like to just whack on the stereo and listen to a bit of Lady Gaga whilst using them.
The dumbells aren't overly heavy but you do know you are holding them and they are definately weighty enough to actually start toning you. After a few weeks of work (I was using them at least once a day, five days a week for 20 minutes) I noticed my arms toning up more and more. I would definately so do not over do the workout with the dumbells as you will end up with quite muscular upper arms (unless that is the look you are going for).
I definately recommend them, they are easy to use and do work. Plus they are nice and girly too as well as being cheap. Good job all round!
I am a big fan of keep fit DVDs, particularly the dance ones as they are easy to fit into my day, and I love bopping along to the music. I have built up quite a collection over the years, and many of them recommend using weights once you are familiar with the routine to increase the impact of the cardio routine, and to help tone up your arms.
Several of the DVDs suggest simply using bottles of water/ mouthwash/ bleach (!) or tins of beans rather than buying weights. I did try this for a while, but found I had to use quite hefty bottles to get the required weight which were bulky and hard to hold. In addition I was still living at home at the time and my mother had a habbit of "tidying" my range of household objects away while I was in the middle of using them! I therefore decided to invest in some dumbells. I have now built up quite a collection of weights, but the ones I will review today are the Pineapple dumbell set.
Pineapple is a clothing brand that is sold in Debenhams, and has fairly recently branched out into selling home keep fit equipment. Along with the dumbells, they also sell gym balls, yoga mats, ankle weights, reflexology twist boards, pilates equipment, and the thigh trainer that I reviewed yesterday. These weights are currently available in larger Debenhams stores, or in braches of JJB Sports for £7.99. I think I paid about £3.50 in the January sale for them a couple of years ago, which I feel is a reasonably good price for them.
Each dumbell weighs 2.5 lbs, or around 1.1 kg, so carrying the box home in a bag along with my other sales purchases wasn't much fun! Using them as resistance weights however is much easier. The box tells me these weights will help improve my core strength, muscle tone and flexibility, while shaping and defining my upper body, shoulders, arms and back. As you can see from the picture, these dumbells are pink with a black trim. I'm not personally a great lover of pink, but due to the price I bought them anyway. Pineapple don't make these in any other colour, which is a bit of a shame.
They have rubber grips on them which make them easier to hold, even if your hands get a bit sweaty after a long workout. The bumper guards prevent the weights from awkwardly banging together, and stop the impact of banging the weights together from hurting your wrists. I have found these weights to be quite versatile, and I have used them during my cardio routine as well as just for toning up my arms. You can definitely feel the difference when using them- to start with I tired much sooner than usual during the cardio, and I was aching in my arms and shoulders the next day, so do remember to have a good stretch after using these to try to minimise the aches the following day.
I would recommend you have somebody who knows what they are doing teach you some excerises to do with these, as it is so easy to damage your back by standing incorrectly. I spoke to a lady at my work gym, who was really helpful and gave me some really useful advise. I would also recommend starting slowly and gradually building up the repetitions to let your body adjust to the weights.
There is no way to add additional weight onto these dumbells, which is a shame as once your body becomes used to them it would be nice to be able to increase the weight without having to invest in another pair of dumbells. Perhaps this is something to consider if you are planning on purchasing a pair.
In summary these are a good basic pair of dumbells. Not being able to add additional weights on to them, and only being available in pink does let them down slightly. However they are comfortable to use, and have really done the job in helping me to tone up my arms and shoulders. If you can get them in the sale like I did then I also think they are good value for money. These would be a good starting point if you are looking to get into resistance weights in the comfort of your own home.
After christmas last year i decided to go on a HUGE health kick in a desperate attempt to lose weight and finally acvhieve the body i had always dreamed of. After seeing the girly pink 'Pineapple' gym equipment on offer in Debenhams Boxing Day sales i went a bit OTT and purchased pretty much the entire range!!! LOL. I have been meaning to reveiw them for some time but after only just realising gym equipment is worth 600 points!! i have only just got around to it but I'm planning to have them all done over the next few days. So heres the first one on the 'Pineapple' Dumbell Set.
*What Are They*
The Dumbell set contains two 2.5lb baby pink dumbells with bumper gaurds and comes with instruction on how to correctly work out with ther dumbells to achieve maximum effect without causing injury.
*What They Are Suppose To Do*
The box and inside instruction leaflet claims that the dumbells will help improve your core muscle strength, function movement, overall muscle tone and flexibility. They can be used to shape and define your upper body, arms, shoulders and back.
*Where 2 To Buy*
I bought the dumbells from Debenhams in the boxing day sales. I cant remember exactly how much i paid but i know it was really cheap, definitley less than a fiver. I have looked on the Debenhams website to find the full price and they aren't listed BUT i have found them on 'JJB Sports' website for £7.99 full price. I personally find that a bit expensive but i suppose it depends on how often you plan on using them and to be perfectly honest i couldnt really tell you what the going rate for dumbells is anyway.
*What I Thought*
The main thing that attracted me to these dumbells (apart from the cheap sale price) was the cute and girly appearance. The baby pink and black makes them great for girls and they are instantly recognisable as a part of the 'Pineapple' workout/dance range. The dumbells themselves are really easy to use as at 2.5lb each they are not too heavy. The enclosed instructions are easy too follow asnd show you how to correctly use the dumbells. However, i personally dont workout with the dumbells on there own because i'm not that motivated and find it really boring. Instead i use them during workout DVD's. Many workout DVD's have cardio/arm excercises that they recomend you use dumbells with and these dumbells are great to make the workout more intense and effective. After using the dumbells as a part of my workout for several weeks i definitley noticed my arms were looking slimmer and more toned.
I would reccomend these dumbells to women looking to tone their arms and blast those dreaded bingo wings as they are cute, girly and definitley work!!