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I have been using these dumbells for about a year now and they work brilliantly, the 2kg is great for toning up your arms as I am a woman and I was looking into loosing weight and toning up I found the 1kg are a bit light and better for dancing etc and the 3kg are too heavy I have the 2kg to be just the right size after buying them all. I use these often as they are easy for doing aerobic exercise moves and pilates with. They are very easy to hold and the ends are not to big so you wont knock them against yourself when doing exercise. Also they don't slip while you are sweating as with some other dumbells I have tried, they are also very smooth and comfortable to hold and they stay in good condition. I have used them many times and they still show no signs of wear and look like new. I would recommend these dumbells to anyone who is looking to tone up and do aerobic exercise which is not sure of what size is best, they work well and tone you up quite quickly with regular use.
In the past few weeks I've been quite eager to drop a few pounds, tone up and get a lot fitter - so I've done the usual thing of changing my diet, exercising I've even gone as far as joinging the gym and getting sessions with a personal trainer. Thanks to weird shifts at work I've not been able to get to the gym or as many personal trainer sessions as I would like - so I've felt like I needed to invest in something I can use at home, when work stops me going to the gym.
~*~ What are these?! ~*~
These things are handweights, they are neoprene coated chunks of iron, which make them apparently easier to hold on to. They are the same things pretty much as you'll find in the gym... They come in different sizes from 0.5kg up to 5kg, and so vary in colour depending on the size of the weight. They are a great handheld weight to boost your exercise regime, and don't cost the earth!
~*~ But are they any good? ~*~
In the gym I was using something very similar to these, made by Reebok just of a different design - but essentially do the same thing. The size of these weights I was quite surprised at actually they aren't anywhere near as big as you'd think, I have the 4kg version and the handle I would say will only just about fit my hand in with not a lot of space to spare. So if you've got big hands you might find it hard work - but then again you could always just go for the barbells instead of these mini dumbells
The neoprene covering, is very good for keeping hold of the weight - I think potentially if you were to get a bit sweaty during your work out they might get a tiny bit slippery but not enough to make you drop them anyway. My complaint about this neoprene covering which is Reebok's doing to be far, is the colours, they're not exactly what you'd call nice coloured, mine is 4kg and it's dark grey it's a disgusting colour, the 5kg is black.
These hand weights do their job quite nicely you can even sit in your living room having a quick work out, on your arms while you're watching the television. Or add it to your run on the treadmill it will help to tone up your arms even more - or you could even use them like I do to tone up by using it as a trainer for your oblique muscles in your abdomen. It's a great weight even if you start off with the 0.5kg weight, and work your way up - just remember the colours get worse as you get higher up the weights.
The weights are really durable if you happen to drop them, the covering on mine looks like it's barely been used apart from a bit of a nail mark in the handle where I gripped it too tight and I've had mine a few months now. So if you are looking for a bit of extra to keep yourself toned outside of the gym, or just as an addition to your home gym these handweights are a great idea that aren't too expensive, but are great quality as you would expect from Reebok.
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
These handweights are available across all sorts of sites online, I've not found any in shops though which is a shame, but I ordered mine from Amazon, a 4kg weight for £12.98 with free delivery, which considering the weight is good value.. There are also all the other weights on amazon at varying prices from around £3 for the 0.5kg weight up to around £15 for the 5kg weight, they do all come as a single though so you need to buy two for a pair. They are also available on boots online I've noticed, so you can get some boots points if you don't mind paying for postage, as you can't pick them up in store!
I thought it was about time I made a start on reviewing my home gym equipment. Fortunately, that isn't going to take too long as my collection starts and ends with a single hand-held weight from Reebok. Never let it be said that I don't take exercising seriously!
It might seem more logical to buy hand weights in pairs but these are actually sold singly (probably for half-hearted exercisers such as myself.) These are readily available and can be picked up from Argos in a range of sizes from 1kg up to 4kg, with prices ranging from £3.99 right up to £12.99 for the largest size. Although not badly priced for individual weights, it is still worth shopping around as I bought my 2kg weight from Sports Direct for slightly less than the Argos price.
Basic hand weights such as these can be used to tone and/or strengthen arm muscles. These smaller sized weights can be used in conjunction with other exercises to maximise their benefits or even used when walking, for instance. Personally, I would feel a little too conspicuous carting these weights around in public but they are very portable. I stick to a few basic lifts in the comfort and privacy of my own home!
The weight itself is a fairly traditional 'dumbell' design, featuring a reassuringly chunky bar across the centre which makes the weight very easy and comfortable to pick up and hold. The Reebok brand is a trusted name and is emblazoned across one of the sides. I particularly like the neoprene coating which covers the entire weight, as this helps to make the weight easy to grip and ensures that the bar is never slippy (in the unlikely event that I were to build up a sweat using it!) As the weight itself is made out of steel, the neoprene covering ensures that the weight doesn't feel uncomfortably cold to the touch either. Each of the differently sized weights appear to be colour coded with my 2kg version sporting a fairly unisex shade of blue, so should appeal to either gender.
The weight seems to have been fairly sensibly designed to aid storage between uses. Although the sides appear to be rounded, to a casual glance, they are actually a six sided shape. In practical terms, this means that the weights can be safely placed on a flat surface, without rolling off on to somebody's foot!
Like most fitness aids, the benefits are only going to be felt with regular and sustained use. In all honesty, I rarely use mine but it does make a fairly inoffensive if unusual ornament! My husband does use this from time to time and my oldest son (who is fitness mad!) likes to use the weight to try and build up his muscles! Despite its small size, however, the weight is intended for use by adults, so I am mindful of my son when using this to make sure he doesn't do himself any injuries.
Although this is a pretty basic piece of fitness equipment, it is readily accessible, easy to use and an affordable start to a more elaborate set of kit. The weights seem to have been well designed to make using them very comfortable and convenient. I would recommend these as an inexpensive and practical option to anybody looking for a basic hand weight on a budget.