As previously mentioned I like to work out not only to keep the weight off myself as I cannot break the junk food addiction but also to improve my health. Yes I do have a curl bar but this only allows for joint arm work such as the overhead lift, upright row and deadlifts. Any home gym requires the addition of the dumbbell bars to allow for the further working of the arms, sides and shoulders to improve all round muscle tone and strength.
Steelflex fitness are an internet based company with the slogan 'American designed quality built'. They specialise in a range of fitness equipment such as treadmills, weights and exercise bikes and authorised to sell their products through only three UK outlets one being amazon.
I was looking to buy a set of dumbbell handles as an upgrade to my weight stand which holds 0.5, 1 and 2kg weights which are a little light unless used for aerobics. As I have been training for the TA I wanted something that I could use for more than a couple of months and that could take a decent weight. I started searching the stores where I could look at the bar and get a feel for it such as sports shops and Argos but often enough the prices are steep for what you get. I started looking on the internet and came across these on amazon for £25.99 and thought they looked just the job.
When I recieved the handles they were lightly packaged in cardbord and bubble wrap but this is more than plenty for solid steel handles which cannot easily be broken in the courier van. When I had got them out I noticed that they were quite heavy in themselves which is good and a sign of quality approx 2kg each before weights. The handles are solid and crafted from one piece of steel meaning that they are durable and not going to buckle under any pressure. This particular pair of handles are 16" long with extra long collars and a screw on pair of locks. The handles are available at other outlets from size 1 through to 10 depending on your individual need.
These handles are highly recommended as they have a nicely wide grip area good for all hand sizes, personally my hands are small but there is nothing worse than trying to squeeze between the weights restricting movement. They also come with a wide set of weights collars which is unusual of most handles and normally the worst feature; however, as they are wide it allows for more weights to be added to increase intensity of workout. A further positive are the internal collars with dual rubber grip which provide minimal movement when using your weights, I like this feature as normally I lift and the discs slip which causes me problems with lifting unbalance and all round general annoyance.
Personally so far I have not found any negatives after six months which is a good sign but only time will tell. I have used 10kg on each handle and will keep increasing as far as the pair will let me. The good threaded grip area makes the handles easy to hold and are ideal for tricep extensions, v press and side lifts.
All in all a good buy and investement for £25.99 at amazon.co.uk
Threaded Solid Steel Dumbbell Handles feature solid, heavily chromed steel with deep threads for safety and durability. A simple spin locks plates tight. Solid steel. 16 long Collars included 5 lbs each Sold in Pairs