Product Type: Tunturi Fitness
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Tunturi Neoprene Dumbbells
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Tunturi Neoprene Dumbbells
Date: 05/04/12, updated on 08/04/12 (25 review reads)
Advantages: Variety of dumbbells, good material, good weight range and colours.
Disadvantages: heating up, weight distribution when running.
'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!
Summary: Add a bit of weight to your cardio workout and feel the difference.