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My teenage daughter is a very outdoor, sporty kind of person and especially loves anything to do with dance and exercise. She owns a pair of these 2kg Tunturi Neoprene Dumbbells in the lime green colour. There are different weight options available in the following colours:
1kg ~ purple
2kg ~ green
3kg ~ red
4kg ~ blue
5kg ~ black
Although looking after a large garden and walking in the countryside helps to keep me fit, I like to occasionally borrow the dumbbells for toning and strengthening exercises. In my teens I used to be a bit of an aerobics fan but now prefer gentler low aerobic exercise and for extra weight I find these dumbbells ideal.
They are extremely comfortable to hold, firstly due to being a compact size and secondly the neoprene covering, this is a rubber like fabric which is soft and slightly textured. The dumbbells never feel cold when you first hold them and if your hands become warm and sweaty with exercising the dumbbells do not become slippery. This is why I prefer these to other weights my daughter owns, they provide a good sure grip and I couldn't imagine ever ending up with sore hands or blisters after exercising with them. The vivid green colour is also cheery and fun.
I would say the 2kg dumbbells provide gentle but substantial extra intensity for home workouts or for the gym. My daughter enjoys running with them and will also dance with one in each hand and although I would not recommend the latter, it goes to show how comfortable they are to hold whilst moving and suitable the 2kg size can be for aerobic exercise.
The neoprene covering is surprisingly strong and durable, my daughter has often used the dumbbells outside in the garden and after over a year of use they remain in almost perfect condition. If necessary they can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. I feel confident these dumbbells will last for a good few years.
Another aspect to the dumbbells that I like is how the weight ends are not evenly circular, they are oval shaped so that when placing down onto a surface or floor they will not roll away, even if slightly knocked. A good idea for dumbbells I think which have the potential to cause damage to more fragile items close by.
The Tunturi neoprene dumbbells carry a one year guarantee, the 2kg green set is currently priced at £19.99 from Amazon where the other sizes are also available.
I can recommend as an effective, well designed and comfortable to hold set of dumbbells suitable for both aerobic and gentle toning exercises.
Thanks for reading!
© Lunaria 2012
I bought these off Amazon not long ago around three months ago I think and they cost me £19.99 for a set of two, one for each hand when doing exercise.
I had previously used these at my local gym and found them good to hold as they are covered with Neoprene which is a material that helps to give you a good grip on them, I find the metal dumbells slippy especially when you have been working out for a while and your sweating a little, so for me these are perfect.
They come in different colours but each colour is a different weight, these are bright green and 2kg which is not too much of a strain on my arms, wrists and upper arms when working out. I don't want to bulk up so keep to this weight.
I find that doing the body burn class that runs at our gym is great with these it gives you that extra boost to the exercises and you feel you have worked out in style afer the class is over as the burn can be felt to make you feel good.
I take these with me to the classes and also use them at home when dancing to music to exercise, they are not too large and just store in a plastic box under my shelf in the wardrobe.
The design is good as thay have rounded ends so it's hard for them to slip out of your hand when working out plus you can feel the weight of them as they swing around in your hands as your doing any exercise class.
I am happy to recommend these to you as they are light, hard wearing and come in trendy colours for different weights.
'Tunturi Neoprene dumbbells' highlight a different and unlikely method of building muscle and muscle tone in a fun and worth-while way. Many don't understand the physical benefits of using low-weighted dumbbells like these to enhance their bodies. These are multi-use products which add resistance to cardio workouts amongst some floor exercises to add difficulty and increase the tone speed of particular muscle groups. Running/walking/jogging with them, holding them against your chest during sit-ups, clenching them between your ankles during leg-ups (a method I've done for years, but something which carries with it obvious danger and isn't for everyone), there are many ways to make use of this product.
The dumbbells are made from a Neoprene synthetic rubber which has a certain flexible bounciness to it whilst remaining firm and rigid in their shape. These are one-material products which adopt a single colour to (along with the white text on the side) let users know the individual weight of the dumbbells.
Colour coded dumbbell types (weights):
Green = 2 kg
Cerise = 3 kg
Blue = 4 kg
Black = 5 kg
The great thing about buying a set of these (available from fitness superstore and DW sports last time I checked) is that you can progress through the colour range as you gain confidence and strength. For arm exercises, like bicep / tricep warm-ups I would only ever use the 5 kg Black ones for example, whilst when jogging I drop to the 3 kg Cerise ones. It's all about personal preference, and the fact this range caters to a variety of preferences makes it a great product and a great fitness investment.
When running inside on a tread-mill or outside in the hot sun the weights can cause excess sweating around your hands due to the heat generated by constant contact with the material. The tighter you hold them the more they heat up, a major disadvantage of using the product.
I find that if you run with the 3 kg ones, or indeed any variety, after half an hour or so your elbow joints begin to ache slightly and it almost feels like you're doing more bad than good to them. I don't particularly like the weight distribution about your person - as you fling one arm forward your balance is altered and it feels quite strange. This is something I found difficult to get used to but eventually did (it took a few runs).
I think what I'm trying to say is they feel unnatural to a degree - it makes you wonder if wearing heavier clothing would give a more even result which didn't seem to be damaging you internally.
This product is very simply constructed meaning it will never fail, it's durable and reliable, and the weights are exactly what they say they are. A fine product range with no faults at all!
I am not very fit but I am trying to keep as healthy as possible especially now that I am older. I have various keep fit equipment but find that I tend to just let it sit there. These little dumbells are amongst that equipment!
They are 2kg in weight so are not very heavy but are just enough for me to feel as though when I'm using them they will be toning slightly but not so much so that it will lead to my shoulders aching. Mine are purple and I think you can buy them in several other colours too.
The handle is quite thick so that you can get a good grip with it and the weight is evenly distributed which makes it easy to lift and doesn't strain your wrist. The handle isn't shaped which I like as I have had other brands before which have been wider in the middle and I always found these to not be as comfortable to hold.
I think these are easy to store as they're not very big, I just put them away under my bed which is actually sadly where they tend to stay! I definitely do not use these as often as I should it is again another item which I buy then forget about as the novelty wears off.
I find that when I do use them though that they do help me to feel as though I am toning my arms. I don't think these will ever make me super fit and toned but they are a good and gentle way to begin and are ideal for people who are relatively unfit and my age.
All things considered I think these are worthy of 4 stars.
These dumbbells are available in a range of weights, I am reviewing the 2kg weights. I use them to add an extra aspect to my workout when I am using the step or an exercise DVD.
They are soft and comfortable to hold but also allow me to get a good grip even when my hands are sweaty through exercise. The dumbbells are well balanced so it doesn't matter much if you don't grip them dead centre, the pillar that you hold is slim enough that I can hold them comfortably even though I have small hands.
They feel cool in my hands and if I pick them up midway through an exercise session when my hands are already hot they do have a cooling effect. My 2kg dumbbells are lime green but the different Tunturi weights are different colours, all bright and cheerful to brighten up your workout. My green ones are easy to keep clean and just need wiping over at the end of each session with the rest of my equipment.
They cost £17 but are more comfortable to use than cheaper dumbbells so I recommend them even though they're at the more expensive end of the market.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
It's a common misconception that weight training automatically makes you bulk up, and this is the reason I believe relatively few women do weights at the gym, opting for calorie-blasting cardio instead. I used to be one of them (not because I thought it would make me huge, but because I reckoned, why waste time on weights when you could be sweating it out on an elliptical?) but some time in my last decade of gym going I saw the light and added in regular lifting sessions. To keep things interesting, I like to use mere body weight, bars and dumbbells such as these, and in my opinion Tunturi Neoprene Dumbbells are the best there are, whether it be for gym or home use.
WEIGHING UP THE BENEFITS OF LIFTING
There are a number of benefits to be derived from weight lifting, so here's a summary as I understand it. While it's nonsense that muscle weighs more than fat (1kg of muscle and 1kg of fat both weigh....1 kg) it does contribute to a tighter, more compact body shape. Since you don't carry round a scale so you can show people your weight at any opportunity, I know I care more about how I look in or out of clothes than what the number on the scale says.
Regular resistance training also helps raise your Basal Metabolic Rate which can be interpreted as the number of calories your body needs to keep going each day. A higher BMR means you can eat more and maintain the same weight - and 2 people who weigh the same can end up with different daily calorie needs (or, if you like, allowances) if one has more muscle than the other.
And, weight training burns calories itself, not only while you're doing it, but also afterwards with a prolonged calorie burn that is much more pronounced than what you get following cardio, meaning you can be driving home from the gym, or be in the shower, and your metabolism is still speeded up for some time.
Finally, strong muscles and flexibility can help protect the body from injury, improve posture, and generally contribute to a better, more useful body. Muscle tone decreases with age, but regular resistance training can at least maintain what you have rather than letting you wither away.
Some people use tins of beans or bottles of water as hand weights, and while I see the attraction, for me nothing beats having a specifically designed product like an easy to grip dumbbell with steady weight distribution (no sloshing around like with those beans). I also like knowing the weight I am using, and being able to increase it gradually as my strength improves. For this reason, I favour dumbbells and I really do adore these Tunturi ones.
WEIGHING IN ON THE DESIGN
My gym stocks these in 3 colours / weights:
Lime green = 2kg
Cerise = 3kg
Royal blue = 4kg
Black = 5kg
The colours are attractive - lovely and bright and quite modern looking. They are nicely distinctive so you don't need to read the weight on them, you can just grab and go (though the weights are printed in white on the ends if you need a reminder). While the increments seem quite small, you have to remember that you are using two of these most of the time, so the difference is in fact 2kg at a time. If you've ever struggled through a toning class having picked up the wrong ones at the start, you will appreciate how even an extra kilo in each hand can make you want to give up and curl up in a ball.
These dumbbells are covered in Neoprene, a synthetic rubber like fabric that I'd most associate with wetsuits. They are entirely covered in this in the associated colour, which is very important. So many weights (and body bars) are either all metal, or mix metal and fabric. If it's the former, they can get slippy in sweaty palms, which is not that reassuring, especially with heavier weights. If it's the latter, you can get blisters where the texture changes, or find you can only comfortably hold them in a certain way. Since these are entirely fabric, and slightly padded to boot, neither of these things is a problem. You can hold any part of them, including the bulb ends, and they are comfortable and easy to grip, plus stay dry and sweat-free. Although they look like the Vinyl weights you can get, the key difference is the fabric - Vinyl gets slippy in a second, whereas these stay bone dry and retain their helpful friction and grip no matter how long you use them. The Neoprene is also extremely long-lasting, never seems to tear or wear out, and continues to look good after months of use without developing those hideous sweaty hand marks where people have been grasping them. Nothing puts me off shared gym equipment more than evidence of the tubster who went before me.
These weights are a fraction of the size of some other brands - about 20cm long compared to others which can be up to double that. This means they are easy to store, but also easy to use, and after all it's the weight, not the physical dimensions, that is the main consideration. Although the ends are larger than the hand bar bit in the middle, they're not wildly out of proportion, and I can hold them by the ends, with my palms wrapped right around them. Equally, they are easy to tuck into a crevice (I'm thinking armpit or knee) to add weight in this way which many others aren't. They are ergonomically designed and I find the grip perfect - they're like a miniature version of the traditional home dumbbell shape (the sort you get from Argos in a stackable tree), but are considerably easier to hold and use, while having the same effect from being the same weight.
Since the ends are slightly oval, they don't roll around that much - helpful if you wish to put them down to stretch and then be able to continue without having to go chasing after them. They can also be stacked quite well, though gyms tend to have nice racks for them, and if you had them at home you wouldn't have so many you'd need to worry about this.
Both the dimensions of these, and the weights they come in make them easier on your wrists. With some dumbbells I feel like I am having a wrist workout rather than an arm or chest one as I struggle to keep these in line and not flopping back at a right angle, but not these
A GREAT WEIGHT OFF MY CHEST
Due to their wonderfully compact size, these Tunturi weights can be used for the widest possible range of activities. They are easy to hold in your hand (you can even set them off at an angle and hold two in each hand for some exercises) and since the middle part if reasonably thin, even I, with my tiny small hands, can get a good, firm grip. One gym I went to had monster dumbbells I struggled to grasp and, on occasion, dropped. They never quite landed on my toes, but it was only a matter of time. Tunturi dumbbells are also much shorter than some others, and the bulbs at the end are reduced too. This helps me control them better than larger dumbbells of the same weight as they're not too large and unwieldy.
I regularly use these dumbbells in two different ways. One is simply to add resistance to other exercises. In toning classes in the UK we would often hold these at our sides while we did aerobics or step. It's common sense that heavier people burn more calories doing the same activities, and a cruel irony that as you work to lose weight, you gradually need less and less energy for the same thing (so, you have to reduce your calorie intake even further). The way I see it, if I grab hold of two 4kg weights and then do the same routine, it's as if I'm a 8kg heavier version of myself. This only works with small dumbbells such as these, as you want something quite unobtrusive by your side as your grapevine and v-step and whatever other retro moves you're doing. They're also easy to manoeuvre so can be used for punches or arm swings, movements that can be inhibited by larger alternatives. I used to do a Mr Motivator video with bulkier weights and struggled with some of the moves when they had to be brought in tight to the body - I remember the moves vividly (especially a complex arm combination thing) and tried it out at the gym the other day with great success. Really, these weights are just like an extension of your hands (albeit an oddly formed, brightly coloured extension) and that makes them much easier to use for any move.
The second use is perhaps the more common one - using these for specific weight training exercises. From chest presses / butterflies to bent-over rows, these work great, and allow you a slightly larger range of motion than bulkier weights. I use them for bicep and tricep curls and shoulder lifts, and then lie down and put them on my chest to add resistance to crunches. Again, their small size is ideal for this, as they can fit in the grove between your rib cage if you turn them length ways. Dumbbells are a flexible fitness tool at any time, but the compact nature of these helps you vary a routine more, stopping you (and your body) from becoming bored, and I've not found a single dumbbell based exercise I can't use these for yet.
Due to the weight options, I think these are more of a female-oriented dumbbell than a male one, and are perhaps more aimed at maintaining muscle and overall toning rather than bulking up like the Hulk. That said, you (or I) can certainly get an effective workout with these, and after a few sets of reps my arms especially start to burn - in a helpful, no pain no gain kinda way.
It's not a negative of these really because they are designed to be the way they are, but you cannot adjust the weight of dumbbells such as this. Some brands in the gym allow you to stack extra weights (like in Body Pump, but for a single hand use) and so you can customise your workout in this way, but these are limited to the weight they are, and there's no way to change this. As I said, you can use two in each hand but only for some exercises (unless you have monster paws) as this grip is a lot more flimsy and insecure. For this reason, I think it's useful to have access to at least a couple of different weights, so you can choose the right one for the exercise at hand (my triceps are feebly weak but a heffer could sit on my chest and I reckon I'd still be able to hammer out some crunches).
DEFINITELY THE WEIGH TO GO
Some people think weights are weights, and to some degree I agree. But, having been at gyms and in fitness classes in some half a dozen countries over the years, I have used my fair share of free weights. Along the way I have found some good and some bad, many usable but few flawless. And yet, really I can think of nothing bad to say about these Tunturi ones. They are easy to use and pretty to look at. They are sturdily made and beautifully designed. They get you where you need to be with no messing around, and when you're done, they'll sit neatly on a shelf or in a cupboard or under the radiator until their next outing.
The main selling point of these for me has to be their petite size. I had some massive ones at home, and the 5kg ones were literally 5 or 6 times bigger than the Tunturi equivalent. This combined with their sweat-repelling cover makes them my number 1 choice. My 15+ year old Argos dumbbells had cracked, so I threw them away before I left home. If I decide to get some more when I return, it will definitely be some Tunturi ones. And, if you're interested in buying dumbbells for use at home, I can't think of *any* reason why you wouldn't want these.
Amazon stocks these (in pairs) ranging from about £15 to about £25 depending on the supplier. While not super cheap, they will last forever and take up next to no room, so I think they are well worth it.
In my quest to get fit I have tried everything but I have no will power and tend to give up easily so they usually get chucked in the cupboard and never see the light of day again. I brought the 2 x 3kg although they also come in 2kg and 5 kg weights also.The main use of these weights is for when I am doing my exercises DVD so I ordered these from amazon and they arrived a few days later.
I brought the bright pink colour but they are available in a range of coulours to suit most people. They were great when I first tried them they have a soft bumpy texture so that you can hold a really good grip on them. The hand space in the middle of the bar is nice and wide practical to allow a little slide for movement but at the same time do not feel huge and distract you while exercising.
Even after half an hour of my DVD nearly passed out and soaked through with sweat the material the weights are made of meant my grip was just as strong as before no sliding my hands were dry and they weights were still sat comfortably in my hand.
They are practical can be used comfortably and are available in a range of coulours and sizes not for serious weightlifters but fir general toning while exercising at around £12 they are a really good buy. The material they are made of make them easy to use and far better than the bottle of water I have been using for the last 6 months.
Fitness is extremely important to me and I have quite an active lifestyle. Unfortunately the constraints on my time prevent me from always bring able to attend the gym. Having a few fitness items around the house, means I can exercise whenever I choose to.
The weights come in three sizes and three different colours; green 1kg, pink 3kg and black 5kg. I own a pair of black 5kg weights.
All the weights are fairly small and not too bulky. They are coated in a smooth plastic coating. The bar is easy to grip and fits comfortably in the hand, the fingers can curl round the bar fully to hold it securely.
I find the weights easy to use. They feel smooth in my hands and don't give me callouses on my palms like some weights have in the past.
One of my concerns about the weights before use was that they would become slippy if my hands became sweaty and I would struggle to hold them. The surface of the weights however, seems to be quite sweat resistant and I don't have a problem with them becoming slippy or losing my grip.
The weights are designed to look less intimidating than regular "macho" looking Dumbells, which indeed they do. They are bright and colourful and add a little fun to a work out.
I'm happy with the weights I chose. They are really good quality and should last for a very long time. They are quite expensive though and I've had to buy some bigger weights, making the 5 kg ones redundant.
I've had to buy some 7.5kg weights but unfortunately couldn't find bigger weights with the same design features. After searching for new weights and visiting sports shops, I have actually seen similar weights from different brands for half the price! It may be worth shopping around to get the most from your money.
*Price and availability*
Pair of green 1kg cost around £14.00.
Pair of pink 3kg cost around £16.00.
Pair of black 5kg cost around £23.00. I paid £22.99 and bought them from a sports outlet. They are all widely available online and Amazon stock them.
The weights are great and are fantastic quality but cost a lot of money. I would advice looking at cheaper brands before this one as you could get a very similar product for less money.
I'm a reasonably fit man and I like to work out on a semi-regular basis (whenever work allows really). This has given my family a whole heap of present options come my birthday and Christmas so I've built up a decent collection of random fitness equipment. One part of my collection is a pair of 2kg luminous green dumbells by Tunturi.
My brother gave me these for my birthday one year so I never paid for them, though with a small bit of research I discovered they cost roughly £14 for the 2kg set and up to £23 for the 5kg pair. To be honest this seems quite expensive for what accounts to be two bags of sugar on a metal pipe. Very similar alternatives are available from Reebok at nearly half the price, though they're not luminous green!
These dumbells are entirely covered in a foam like substance that allows for a fantastic grip throughout workouts. The handle is a little wider than my palm and shoudl accomodate most people quite easily. The wieghts at either end are about the size of 4 pound coins stuck together. The whole thing is quite strongly put together and shouldn't break any time soon.
Unfortunately the build quality and grip surface are the only redeeming features of these weights. They're simply too light for any real work to be done. Even the weakest of grannies will out grow these weights very quickly. It would be nice if these weights were adjustable so that you could add more weights as you progressed but unfortunately this isn't possible.
Overall these weights are a nice idea and are quite professionally presented. Their downside is that they are too light for anyone to get any use out of, bar your 2 year old kids! The cost is also a shame as reebok have managed to provide a near identical product at half the cost. To be honest I would avoid these if possible.
I rarely have the motivation to exercise these days so I like to keep things nice and simple when I do get round to pumping some iron. Whilst looking for a well priced and well made set of dumbbells I stumbled upon the Tunturi range and were satisfied that my needs would be met. Tunturi sell their neoprene dumbbells in 4 sizes - 2kg, 3kg, 4kg and 5kg. Each size is colour coded to avoid confusion if you have the full set and their ergonomic design means they comfortably fit into the palms of my hands. I have the 5kg weights but I can see the benefit of having a variety of weights depending upon the exercises you wish to partake in.
The design and comfort of these dumbbells isn't the only thing that drew me to them. They are very well made and I am convinced they will last me a good few years. I paid around the £22 mark for the 5kg pair of dumbbells, the 2kg set cost around £15 and the other weights are priced accordingly. If you have experience of using different weights i would suggest you think about the Reebok dummbells and these are quite similar in feel and comfort but at a more reasonable price.
I have never had any negative thoughts about these dumbbells and would recommend them to both beginners and more experienced dumbbell users. If you are looking for some of the lighter weights on the market to aid you in certain exercises then these are ideal and the neoprene finish allow for good purchase regardless of the size of your hands.
Ive been trying to tone up for my next holiday to Mexico and I have been trying to build my arms up a little bit with these dumbbells by tunturi. I don't want big muscles or anything, I just wanted to tone up the top of my arms.
I bought these tunturi dumbbells on amazon for £12, and they are a light green colour. They are 2 kgs which is the perfect weight for me now. As I had never used weights before I did actually struggle with these 2kgs dumbbells at first, so if you are a beginner I would maybe try the 1kg dumbbells first.
Now after using these dumbbells 3 times a week for a month I can already notice a big difference in the strength in my arms. When I first got them I couldn't lift them up to the side, but now I manage it really easy. I haven't really seen much of a difference in the look of my arms but I am sure I will if I carry on with these.
They are quite small and compact so are really easy to store away. They are really easy to grip too, they don't slip in your hands at all, they are really comfortable to hold.
I would recommend these to any girl who is looking to build up a bit of strength in their arms and to tone up, they are cheap and really easy to use, will definitely be buying the 3kg dumbbells by tunturi when I'm ready!