I bought these weights a little over a year ago from Argos (currently advertised on their website at £32.99). The first thing I would mention is have a think about how you're going to get them home. It may sound obvious, but of course when you buy them in-store you will be carrying the full 20kg, which if you're walking any sort of distance can soon feel like quite a lot. They are available for home delivery, which might be worth considering.
Once you have got them home, you can of course adjust the weight of the apparatus - I found it best to start off small and gradually increase the weight over time. As pictured in the product desciption, the weights come in the form of 12 discs (4 x 0.5kg, 4 x 1.25kg, 4 x 2.5kg discs), totalling 17kg with the bars themselves and the spinlocks (to fix the weights in place on the bars) making up the remaining 3kg.
Attaching the weights to the bar is simple - just undo the spinlocks (basically just like a nut round the bolt which is the end of the bar, but designed to be undone and tightened by hand), then push the bar through the hole in the middle of each weight you want to use, and then retighten the spinlocks. Once tightened, the weights do feel very secure on the bar so you are confident to exercise without worrying about them falling off.
Always make sure to place equal weight at each end of the bar, otherwise it will be difficult to lift properly and you may risk injury - instructions are included which should be followed, and this includes assembly and also how to lift the weights safely and for maximum benefit.
The only other thing to mention is storage - not a problem as the weights pack away into a box measuring approximately 40x15x10cm, so they really don't take up much space if you decide to disassemble when not in use.
Once out of the box and assembled to the desired weight though, you are good to go - the rest is up to you! Overall I have been very satisfied with this purchase - the weights have a good sturdy feel to them and I would not hesitate to recommend them.
I have owned a set of York Dumbells for a couple of years now, and so have relevant experience in this set. The set is up to a maximum weight of 20kg, which is certainly enough for any beginner and can still be used by the majority of stronger fitness addicts.
They come in 3 different sizes; 4 0.5kg weights, 4 1.25kg weights and 4 2.5kg weights. At this point, you might be like.....BUT THAT IS ONLY 17KG?! I too was slightly perplexed when I first bought them but I quickly realised that the middle holding bar weighs in at around 2kg and each securing cog is around 0.5kg, bringing the total up to a heavy 20kg. The weights are solid cast iron and the supporting bar is also made of iron I believe. This ia advantageous compared to alternatives as other dumbell kits are often made of sand and this leaves the potential for a messy split which cannot occur with metal weights.
The varying weight of the weights allows you to customize your workout routine a lot as you can dictate the weight you use for different exercises. Again, this is an advantage over sand dumbells which are of a fixed weight. The grip on the metal bar is also wide enough for all sizes of hand which is useful and the weights are fastened securely by the metal screw cogs. The metal bar is very easy to wipe down with a cloth if you get it sweaty and share these weights with other people.
There is only one issue that I have with these dumbells and this is an issue with all sets of dumbells. This is that they tear away at the skin of your hand unless you wear gloves. However, this is not a unique problem; this occurs with every set of dumbells and happens to most people if they are used regularly. Therefore, this is not so much an issue with this set of dumbells but with dumbells in general and can be fixed very easily by wearing a set of workout gloves whilst working out.
Overall, I would give this set of dumbells a 9 out of 10 as they are suitable for all beginners and moderate users. They are very practical and easy to clean making them an ideal addition to your fitness gear.
Many people believe that to get in good shape and build muscle that they need to join and gym and spend hundreds of pounds a year. However, all you really need is a good set of weights, and this Cast Iron Dumbell kit from York is a great place to start.
You can get the set for around £40, making it just slightly more expensive than a month at the gym, which makes them more than worthwhile. The set comes with 12 plates, four 0.5kg, four 1.25kg plates and four 2.5kg plates. This is designed so that you place one plate on either side of both dumbells to equal it up to 20kg. Since the plates are seperated it means that you can easily move and change the plates around to change the weight of the dumbells. Extra weight plates can also be easily purchased, should you wish to make the dumbells heavier.
The plates slide on very easily, and there is a section in the middle so that the plates will not move over the handle and crush your hand. The weights are easily secured on, and are very tight once they are screwed on, meaning that they will not move or shake around whilst they are being used.
The handle itself is made of metal, and has a grid like grip on them to allow you to easily grip the weights. However, it does mean that the handle may rub your hands if you are using them for long periods of time without gloves.
We've had a set of York dumbells in our house now for many years. My brother had them when we were younger, and somehow they've found their way to me as opposed to him keeping them. I find them of top quality and very easy to use.
There are many cheaper dumbell sets out there, and there is nothing all that wrong with them, but what you get with these is something a bit more quality, with a bit more attention to detail where it counts, or at least for the most part. The sets consists of three different sized weights, up to 20kg, and you can use a combination to build muscle bulk or increase your strength or power, or just use them for an effective workout.
The biggest difference I noticed between these and other dumbell sets was the safety aspect of keeping the weights on the bars. You have the basic metal bar, and then the weights slide on at each end. There's a middle section to prevent them from meeting together in the middle, and this part holds a good amount of room for the larger or smaller hand. When the weights go on, you then put on a metal cog at the end which can be tightened as you screw it on. This makes sure the weights stay on, and if it does start getting loose, you notice it by the lack of tension as it unscrews, not by them sliding off the end. I have used weights before where one end has lost its tension and just fallen off, and this is just not safe, no matter how cheap they are.
If you don't have any gloves to wear with these weights, there is a grippy pattern on the metal in the middle of the bar, so you can do minimal exercises with these. We did have a pair of gloves and these help, especially if you have sensitive skin. I tend to take my wedding ring off when I use these weights as the metal will dig in, whereas with plastic bars in the middle you don't necessarily have to do this as there is more give. However, I would recommend using the gloves with these weights if you are going to do any regular work with them or use them for more than 5 or 10 minutes at a time.
They don't shake either. They're very tight when the ends are screwed on. Too many weights sets rely on cogs matching up and this leaves a small amount of room - any vigorous exercising with the weights can then cause a rattling and even the slightest movement is off putting and makes the balance slightly off kilter. These weights don't have this at all, and they are secure and solid where the contact is. Another quality element to these weights.
Okay, so cost wise they are going to set you back a bit. £40 may be out of most people's budgets for something like this, and understandably so. The cheaper weights may be a bit more annoying and noticeably less quality from time to time, but if you can put up with these small differences and still get what you need out of them, then you could be saving a decent amount of money. The York dumbells are top quality, but this is also reflected in the price and this is the only downside to them, if I'm honest. Personally, I'm glad it wasn't me who bought them in the first place, not that I can remember how much they cost at the time.
Overall then, this is a top quality set of dumbells that reflects its quality in its price. It is worth it if you're serious about using and are likely to do so regularly. They'll last you a good number of years, as I can testify, so if you're looking for something durable that will last a long time it may well be worth investing here. However, if you're looking for something to use only occasionally, it may be worth going for something cheaper.
This cast iron dumbbell set from York is a great way to gain muscle, and, in my opinion, is a better option than joining the gym! At just £40 for 20 Kilograms of weights, these dumbbells are perfect for all levels of bodybuilders, whether you're just starting and cant lift 1 Kilo, to the big guys who have been lifting for years. These cheap dumbbells are great for use at home, however, because they are cast iron, this may cause a lot of damage to flooring, so caution is required when putting the dumbbells on the floor.
Dumbbells are a much more worth while investment than a gym membership. If you could choose between paying £40 for a set of dumbbells you can use for the rest of your life and about £30 a month for a gym membership, the dumbbells seem like the best option, hands down! Gym equipment is great because it safely limits the range of motion. It ensures that you are using correct form whilst exercising so that you have the best possible muscle gains by only allowing the equipment to move along a set path. However, to buy a piece of this equipment is a lot of money, and so is gym membership. Also, you would have to buy multiple pieces of gym equipment so that you can exercise your entire body. However, if you ensure that you are using correct form, control your range of motion, and (optionally) have somebody to spot for you, then you should be fine. [spotting is watching and assisting somebody who is using free weights] Also, dumbbells allow you to work almost every muscle in your body, unlike expensive bits of gym equipment, so there is a full body workout whenever you want, in the comfort of your own home included with this cheap set of dumbbells! Also, additional weight plates are available for very cheap if you are too strong for just 20KG!
In conclusion, these dumbbells are great! They are cheap and have a lot of weight with them. They allow you to work almost every muscle in your body without ever leaving the house, or having to buy expensive gym memberships! They are definitely worth the money, however are limited in terms of safety, so make sure you are educated about dumbbells, different exercises and perfect form before purchasing them.
"York Fitness 20kg Cast Iron Dumbell Kit 2434 - 20kg DB Set If you need further advice on this item, or simply wish to order by phone, call 0800 018 5294 - (this is a freephone number from a landline but some mobile networks may charge, so you may wish to use 0161 678 9836). Telephone hours: 8.30am to 5pm Mon-Friday, 10am-4pm Saturday."