“ Brand: York / Type: Dumbell set - barbell not included / available in various weights „
If you are starting out looking for a cheap set of dumbells for an ameteur to use these are the kit you need. They are made from a plastic vinyl outer shell and are very accurately weighted. The dumbell bar is metal and chromed with plastic hand grips to help increase grip and reduce blisters. The weights easily slide on and are locked into place by two plastic roll on locks. I have found that these are not very good for locking the weights and they come loose after using them for 20 reps. This can be very annoying as you have to keep tightening them during your rest period.
The dumbbell bars come in the usual thickness of 16 x 1 inch which means they are a good size to be quite comfortable when doing exercises. The weights are quite cheap to buy individually and so it is easy to expand on weight sizes the more you use them. The con to this however is that you can only fit a certain number of weights on the dumbbell so once you reach a certain weight, you will start paying over the odds for individual weights and there is a limit to what the weights go up to in mass. This means that at a certain point it would be cheaper to buy a more professional dumbbell that is locked at a certain weight. This is why I would only recommend this product to those who are starting out at low weights who want to build up fitness and strength.
The equipment is very cheap however would not be suitable for a commercial gym or for semi-pro or professional athletes. I would recommend this product to anyone who is starting out at improving strength and fitness however not for anything more.
After taking out a gym membership and not going as the journey was too far, I decided to pick up some exercise equipment for home, these included!
The set which can be bought from around thirty pounds, contains two bars, four 1.25 weights and four 2.5kg weights and the screw lock for the bars! and bought brand new you get a years guarantee on them!
They are so easily adjusted and can put up a 10kg on one weight but if you want to balance them you can put 7.5kg on each one and use them at the same time, the screw locks are really easily screwed off and takes less than 3 minutes to set these up, but you need to make sure the screw is on TIGHT or it will come loose just use and could potentially be dangerous, but they are easy enough to put on tight and safe. The grip in the middle is really easy to cling on too but like most weights can get uncomfortable after long term use, so buying a pair of gloves would be advisable!
Because I was sharing these with somebody else, I didn't want to get the standard weights that are out there for females, so they are not very attractive compared to the hand-held weights, but they are good enough for me to use! The colours are quite dull so if you want something more pretty-looking I would go elsewhere.
These are fairly clumpy and If you can't find somewhere to keep them they can be hazardous because you could fall over them, but these do fit nicely under the bed, so you must think before you buy them where you are going to keep them and if you have space for these!
Because the weights don't go up to much, they are only recommended for beginners to weight-lighting or for anybody that just wants a quick and easy work out, they do there job really well and are easy to set up and use but are really big and hard to store!
A few years ago I decided that my lack of exercise was something I needed to put right. I wasn't overweight nor did I smoke but when I used to get out of breath just running up the stairs I decided something needed to be done. As part of my new fitness regime the first thing I purchased was an indoor exercise bike so I could cycle away without getting wet or ending up in the middle of nowhere only to have to cycle back again. A slightly less impulsive and expensive purchase was this set of weights from Argos which cost me around £25 at the time - which I thought was great value for a 15kg weight pack.
My aim was never to enter the Tour de France or run for Mr Universe but instead to become healthier and fitter in general. I think these weights were a great initial purchase and on the whole I am very pleased with them.
=== In the Set ===
2 x 45cm metal bars, 2 x plastic hand grips, 4 x plastic spinlock collars.
Weights: 4 x 1.25kg; 4 x 2.5kg (Total Weight 15kg).
=== Setting Up ===
The dumbbell bars are chrome effect metal and have screw tracks at each end with a smooth section in the middle to hold the hand grips. The black plastic spinlock collars use the screw tracks to hold the weights firmly on the dumbbell. The weights themselves are a grey plastic shell filled with cement and have a soft plastic stopper allowing you to see the insides (although I have no idea why you would need to). The outside of the weights display the weight in kgs and feature an interlocking pattern around the central hole allowing the weight discs to slot together alongside each other without slipping free.
To set up each dumbbell, you slide the plastic hand grip to the middle of the bar and slot your desired weights onto the bar at each side of the grip. The hand grip is essential to hold the discs at their respective ends. When you are happy with the weight (make sure you balance both sides e.g. 2.5kg on both sides) spin a plastic spinlock collar onto each end of the bar and tighten to secure the weights and hand grip in place. Again, make sure the bar is balanced and the grip is as close to the middle as possible - this makes it much easier to use the weights as a lopsided dumbbell is no use to anyone. I find that tightening both spinlock collars at once makes it easier to balance the dumbell.
The dumbbells are incredibly easy to set up and they are very versatile so you can have as little or as much weight as you desire between the limits of 2.5kg (1.25kg on each side) and 10kg (5kg on each side). Because of the bar length it is not possible to fit more than 2 weight discs on each side of a bar which may be a disadvantage to some. I find 10kg is more than enough though; my current set-up is two dumbbells with 7.5kg on each dumbbell (2 x 1.25kg and 2 x 2.5kg on each bar). The spinlocks tighten in place easily and hold the weights well but can easily be spun off to change the set up if needed.
=== In Use ===
When in use, neither the weights nor the grip spin round on the bar because of the tight locking system provided by the spinlock bars and interlocking of the weight discs. But, because they are plastic, the spinlocks do work loose with movement over time and I occasionally need to tighten them before use just to make sure they are as tight as possible.
I much prefer these plastic/vinyl weights to metal weights because they do not clank and swivel around whilst being used. The plastic weights lock together very tightly and none of the parts move or slide loose whilst in use. For me, the clank of metal weights is a little too annoying and I much prefer the only sound being my laboured breathing as I use them. The whole dumbbell also feels like one solid instrument rather than a collection of moving parts loosely held together. As a result, I feel more in control when using them.
The only disadvantage to these dumbbells is the hardness of the plastic hand grips which for me are just a little too uncomfortable for prolonged use. The grips are too hard for me and start to dig into my hands after a while. The pain emanating from my arms is enough for me without my hands hurting too. For the few minutes at a time I use these, they are acceptable but if I was to use these several times a day or for prolonged periods then I would need something a little more comfortable such as a soft handled grip.
=== Verdict ===
As a cheap starter set of weights or for someone who is only looking to use them for around 5-10 minutes per day then these weights are a great choice. The inclusion of 15kg of weights makes these great value for money and highly versatile to suit your strength requirements. I personally would never switch to metal dumbbells since the noise of the spinning weight discs would annoy me too much.
I would only not advise these if you are a persistent user of weights and are looking for something to use much more than a few minutes per day. I would then advise buying something with a softer hand grip but would still emphasise the advantages of plastic weight discs.
You can currently find this set of weights at both Argos and Amazon for £27.99. They come with a 1-year manufacturer's guarantee although I cannot ever see these going wrong. They are solid and robust and I see no reason why they will not last me for many years to come. As an occasional lifter of weights these are perfect for me and I am very happy with my purchase a few years down the line.
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Last year I cancelled my gym membership. I wasn't using it enough and it was expensive. I decided 'the world would be my gym'. After I realized the world is rainy and cold most of the time, I took to exercising at home. Before I go any further I must point out this health regime only lasted a few months, all exercise equipment as well as my will to get healthy is stored away in the spare room.
For the brief few months I was going to get fit at home I picked up some cheap exercise equipment. As much as I would have loved to spend lots of money on expensive equipment, I know just how fleeting my intentions can be so held back from spending too much.
In the past I had a pair of Nike wights but these were a set weight - you couldn't add of remove anything. I bought them because they were going cheap - but this time round I wanted something I could vary. My time at the gym taught me a couple of things, how the worlds most difficult to use coffee machine worked (they had the worst coffee machine on earth) and how effective it is to apply different weights to different parts of the body. This York Dumbell set seemed ideal - you could vary the weight and they were cheap.
I ordered them off Amazon from the market place and were not new. As such they came in a plain white box that was stuffed with paper - just robust enough to hold the 2 x 7.5kg weights.
There are 8 weights - 4 x2.5KG and 4x1.25KG (15KG in total) this means you can have either 2x2.5kg weights, 2x5KG, 2x7.5KG or 1x10kg. This gives you a good variation and whilst not going up to a very heavy weight at all, were enough for my daily exercise. There are vinyl weights as apposed to iron ones - personally I don't have a preference as both seem to do the same job
Its hand they can be varied, as you can use them on different areas of the body and in different ways to focus your exercise, or you can use them to build up and exercise routine starting off small and getting heavier.
To assemble them or add and remove weights its easy - just unscrew the black screw on the bar and either add of remove weights. The screw can be wound on tightly - but due to the fact its just a screw that is tighten by hand I found it does come loose after a while. I could use these for a few days before I noticed the screws needed tightening up a little. They never unscrewed and fell off (like one at the gym did to me once) so they are safe and fairly sturdy. The screws are held well in place as the screw actually grips into the bell giving it some extra hold, but still this starts to come loose.
What drew me to these was the price, I picked them up for about £15 - but they currently go for about £25 new. I would say among the current range of dumbells out there, this is a fairly cheap price. Other weights that might be cheaper but usually just single weights that can't be altered - unlike these. Whats also great about these (and others too, so this isn't a deciding point) is that different weights can be bought separately at a much cheaper price (£15 or so for 2x10kg) so once you buy this and have the bar you can upgrade it.
The bar this set comes with has grip on it which is nice enough, nothing too fancy. Its set in plastic and for the few months I was using it did its job perfectly of ensuring I had a grip on the weight.
All in all, if you are looking to pick up some weights these are a great buy - as they are sturdy and work well, and can be upgraded to bigger weights.
Dumbells are dumbells more or less, but there can be a difference in the kind you buy. York one's are pretty efficient, and are good for someone relatively new who also needs something heavy as well as adjustable. The adjustability is what the product is more or less based around, as it comes with two large cogs to unscrew on either end, and a variety of weights to place on it.
The grip has been very well made, the dumbbell doesn't slip out of your hand, nor does it leave irritating abrasive marks on the inside of your hands after a lot of repititions. The bar itself however, is fairly heavy by itself with is an advantage or hindrance depending on how you see it. The size of the dumbbell is a slight problem, mine have 10.5 weights kg on each, but they look about 25 kg. If you want to lie and impress people, it's ok, if not however, it's a bit impractical.
I've also found the cogs start to loosen after a few reps if they're not really well tightened and if you leave them for a bit, they'll almost indefinitely need to be screwed on properly again. Having said that, they're nice to lift and are worth the money. Also, the thick bar gives you an extra kilogram on whatever weight you're lifting.
I wanted to build on my micro arms and eventually work up to a gun show. So I decided to get myself some dumbbell's. When I started out I did not want to break the bank or break my back lifting these thing. I came across a set in Argos for around 20 pounds that included two bars, four lots of 1.25 kg weights and four lots of 2.5 kg weights. With a total weight of 15 kg I thought this would be fine for me to get started. Also I would be able to buy more weights to add on when I felt I had built up enough strength. So I bought this with an aim to build up my biceps and triceps and try and get some muscle definition.
The weights itself are grey in colour and come silver coloured metal bars. They are very chunky and look a lot heavy than they actually are. You simply slide the lock on at twist to secure the weights in place. You need to be wary of the lock as it can become loose resulting in the weights falling off. The grey weights have a plastic surrounding and seems to be filled with some sort of cement. Over time the filling has broken up a little bit and created a rather annoying rattling sound. Despite this they still weigh the same and are rather durable as I always drop them to the floor carelessly.
The metal bars have an engraved grip that is very good. I remember an older version have a cylinder plastic tube as a grip that allowed the weights to spin which was awful. The grip rarely moves in my hand but I would advise getting gloves just to prevent avoidable friction on your hands.
15 kg is quite light I did add more weights. As I became stronger I moved on to smaller, heavier, iron weights. These are less chunky and feel a lot more solid. Saying this as I beginner I would recommend starting with the York Vinyl Dumbbell Set.
I have owned my set of York dumbells for about 3 or 4 years now. I purchased them from Argos, although to be honest I have forgotten exactly what I paid for them, but they are available today from Amazon for £27:99 with free delivery.
~~~~ What is a dumbell?? ~~~~
A dumbell is basically a bar with weights on it, which is used as a form of exercise to help strengthen, tone, and build the muscles in the arms and the upper body. They usually come as a set of two, enabling the user to hold one in each hand to help maintain the balance in the body while performing different exercises.
This set of dumbells from York is pretty decent in my opinion. The weights are constructed from a grey / silver vinyl material, which is filled with a solid concrete mixture to give them their weight. At the centre of each weight plate there is grooved area, which helps to lock each weight plate together when they are positioned on the bar. The bars themselves are made from a metal material, and they have a screw thread on them which is designed to hold the weights tightly together by screwing a spinlock collar onto the screw thread at both sides of the bar. In the middle of the weights there is a black plastic sleeve, which is the part that you hold with your hand. This sleeve provides comfort to the hands when lifting the bars up and down, and also offers additional grip, to ensure that the bars do not fall easily out of the hands.
In total this York dumbell set consists of:
4 X 1.25 kilogram weights
4 X 2.50 kilogram weights
2 X Spinlock bars
2 X Plastic sleeves
2 X Spinlock collars
Also included in the set is a large poster which gives very useful illustrations of different types of exercises that can be performed using the dumbell set, as well as a guide of how many repetitions to attempt at each exercise and advice on how to build this up with time practice.
The general set up of each dumbell is 1 X 1.25 kg and 1 X 2.5 kg weights on each end of each bar, giving a total weight of 7.5 kg's to each dumbell. However it is possible to get 3 weights onto each end of a bar if desired, and so if required a dumbell could be made up consisting of 2 X 2.5 kg, and 1 X 1.25 kg on each end of the bar giving a 12.5 kg dumbell.
~~~~ My overall opinion of the York Dumbell weight set ~~~~
Having owned my set of York Dumbells for about 3 or 4 years now, I have in general been pretty pleased with their durability and performance. This set is quite cheap, and will cost a lot less than a set of iron or steel dumbells, but with this comes the benefit of a cheaper purchase price, and a quieter workout, because the vinyl weights don't clunk and clatter noisily during each repetition like the metal weights tend to.
I have mainly tended to use the dumbells for the common bicep curl, and shoulder press exercises, but I have also used them occasionally for lateral raises, tricep extensions and front arm raises. They can also be used along with a weights bench to perform chest exercises such as bench presses and chest butterfly repetitions. I also very often use them as press up bars, by placing them on the floor, and holding onto each one, and performing a standard press up, with the benefit being that it is possible to lower the body down lower, which makes the press up a lot harder to perform.
This dumbell set from York is quite light, and as such it is perfect for beginners, and as mentioned above the weight can be increased to 12.5 kg's by playing around with the weights, but this will limit a workout to just the one dumbell.
I like the way that the metal spinlocks work as they are really simple to screw on and off, and as long as they are screwed on nice and tightly, they do not come loose, and they really hold the weights together nice and tightly, preventing them from rotating during repetitions.
The grip sleeves are comfortable enough, and the metal bars are adequate in strength to hold the weights without bending or flexing.
A slight downside to the vinyl weights is that they are quite bulky, and so they do take up a bit more room that a metal set of dumbells would, but even so they are easy enough to store at the bottom of a cupboard, or in the corner of a room.
Overall this is a good set of dumbells and if they are used regularly and correctly, they do give some good results in terms of building and strengthening the muscles in the arms, shoulders, chest and back. My set are showing no signs of deterioration in any way, and still pretty much look just as they did when I bought them.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2011
I've owned my York dumb-bell set for a couple of years now, but have been using them a lot more in recent months. I'm recovering from a knee injury which means I've been unable to run or play football for a while, so I've spent a little more time swimming as well as weight training at home to keep trim.
The York set comprises the following:
- 2 metal mounting bars with screw-threaded arms
- 2 plastic sleeves (which placed over the middle of each bar to act as hand-grips)
- 4 small weights (1.25kg each - which are slotted onto each side of the hand-grip)
- 4 large weights (2.5kg each - as above)
- 4 screw-on plastic nuts (which secure the weights in place on the bars)
- MOST IMPORTANTLY - A brief guide on useful exercises and how to lift the weights safely and correctly. You should always be careful when lifting any size of dumb-bell or bar-bell, so be sure to check these first if you are a novice.
Quality & Design...
The set is well-constructed, sturdy and of the usual high quality you would expect from York. The screw-on nuts keep the weights securely in place, so there's no chance of painful mishaps. The handles are a good size and easy to grip firmly due to a textured criss-cross finish.
A Weighty Issue...
In total, the set is a combined 15kg in weight, which is not substantial. It is perfect for beginners, who can use the smaller weights to tone up, and gradually build up to lifting 7.5kg with each arm, but if you are looking for serious muscle-building, you will probably outgrow this set quickly. In my case, I've not been looking to bulk up significantly, but to tone up and stay fit, so these weights are ideal...
With this dumb-bell set, most people who want to tone and strengthen their upper body will be comfortable, and can rest assured they are getting a safe, reliable, well-made product.
It's worth noting that in spite of their relatively small mass, the weights are quite bulky in terms of size. They need a bit more storage space than you would expect, as you would definitely be able to find a set of metal dumb-bells which are heavier, yet more compact.
You should be able to purchase this set for between £25 and £35 - it is currently available on Amazon for £27.99. This is a great price, and a solid investment to be part of your regular fitness regime.
The product looks clean and modern, the dumbbell bars are hollow, made from a bendable metal and silver/chrome in colour. At each end of the dumbbells it is knurled similar to a screw and this allows the spinlock collars to spin around and lock securely into place against the weights plates. The weights plates total 15kg in total, you have four 1.25kg plates and four 2.5kg plates in total. The 2.5kg weights are approximately half an inch to an inch thick, made from a vinyl plastic coating, and are filled with a concrete like material. In the centre of each weights plate, is a part with indentations which allow the spinlock collar to fit in securely. Each plate is grey in colour, and has the words "York" and a number which corresponds to how heavy in kilograms the plate actually is. There are also some plastic sleeves which slot in the middle of the dumbbell to function as a handle for you to grip. The sleeve is made from black plastic and is knurled and indented slightly so it is easier to grip. You cannot fit all 15kg of weights onto a single dumbbell as the bar itself is too short for that.
The product was made for beginners and people with a budget. The product is not the most durable product as thick, solid, steel dumbbell bars from eBay and cast iron York weight plates from Argos available in different sizes are much more durable. I had the product for 3 years and since that time, the plastic sleeves, dumbbell bars and one of the 1.25kg plates are no longer usable. The dumbbell bars are hollow, made from a weak metal and have bent under the weight of some heavier cast iron discs I have. The spinlock collars since they are made from plastic, aren't usable for me now either since the screwing orientation has changed from the constant use of the product, so they no longer lock securely. One of the plastic sleeves cracked, so I had to use tape to try to fix it from permanently detaching from the dumbbell, which would render the product useless as you wouldn't be able to grip the dumbbells. One of my 1.25kg weights plates has cracked at the top, near a circular opening, which I presume York needed in order to fill the vinyl casing with concrete to make the weights plate. This has led to some of the concrete breaking out of the product and going all over my floor. Overall, I would say the durability of the product was just ok if you stick to low weights with them, but if you aim to fit each dumbbell with 30-40+kg of cast iron plates, then the dumbbells, spinlocks and sleeves will all crumble and break under it.
The product costs £25 from Argos, which due to the fact you get 15kg in weights, 4 spinlocks, 2 plastic sleeves and 2 dumbbells is pretty good value for money. Years ago, you could get roughly a kilogram of weight for £1, so Argos used to sell two 10kg cast iron plates from York for £20, but not the price of weights has soared through the roof. For a better quality product totalling 15kg in weight, with the dumbbell package and everything you could be looking at up to £2 or £3 per kg of weight. So for modern day pricing, the product at £25 is good quality and great for beginners. It will however not outgrow you, and soon you will be looking to add more weight to the dumbbells. They are not made for this and as I've found out, you will start damaging and bending the dumbbell bars and attachments.
Dumbbells are free weights that are great for a wide variety of strength training exercises. I've successfully used dumbbells for shoulder pressing, heel raises, lateral raises, one arm dumbbell rows, dumbbell snatches, bicep curls, tricep extensions, front raises, wall sits and if you have a bench, dumbbell bench press and chest flys. This product is incredibly durable and can be used to work nearly every muscle in the body, because they are free weights, they have the added benefit over weights machines for activating stabilising muscles and working to your own natural plane of movement, which results in less chance of shoulder injury and more applicable muscle-nervous system programming to a variety of sports. The York dumbbells are a brilliant and versatile weight training tool which I greatly prefer to all of the expensive machines.
The product has poor durability compared to solid steel bars and cast iron weights plates. The vinyl casing may crack leading to concrete falling out of the plate, the dumbbell bars are hollow making them liable to bending under 30kg+ of weight, the spinlock collars and central sleeves are made from plastic, making them crack and wear away after consistent use.
To conclude, the product is fairly cheap, includes everything you need as a beginner to get into free weights and is readily available on Amazon and Argos. You can perform a vast array of strength training exercises with them and the product looks classy and modern. That said, the £25 price tag entitles you to a product with relatively low durability and shelf life. In the long term, I would suggest buying solid spinlock steel dumbbells which can handle heavier loads from eBay for about £20, then look into buying cast iron weights from Argos and eBay which will not crack or break and will serve you a lifetime. If you're a beginner and 15kg weight in total spread between both dumbbells is all you will ever need, then this is a good budget investment for you!
© Revo9 (2011)
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I bought a set of these weights a while ago so I had some of my own weights at home to train with. These vinyl weights don't match up to proper iron weights but make a good starter kit for anyone wanting to start lifting weights. Having lifted weights for almost 2 years now and having built up quite a big of strength, these weights aren't really challenging for me anymore as they aren't as heavy as cast iron weights that you may buy to attach to dumbell bars.
The set includes two 45cm long bars each with a plastic sleeve to grip onto, two spring collars to hold on the weights, four 1.25kg weights and four 2.5kg weights. This equates to a total of 15kg excluding the bars, which probably weigh a couple of kilograms each. You can't even fit all 15kg on each bar - the maximum you would fit is two weights on each side, so this could equate to 10kg minus the weight of the bar if you used the 2.5kg weights. This is a fair weight for things such as bicep curls and various other exercises, but you'd only be able to do one side at a time, which may not be ideal.
The quality of the set is pretty good. The bars are very solid and the plastic covers are made from thick plastic with a good grip too. However the plastic bits can rotate freely if you don't fit the weights together tightly in place. The shapes on the edges of the weights usually lock into place against the plastic cover and spring collars on the ends. The handles are of a good size and are easy to grip. They leave enough room between the bulky weights to get quite a large hand in there to grip it.
The spinlock collars are pretty good and I have had no problems with them, despite reading about some 'coming loose' during use of the weights. Mine have always stayed pretty much in the same place when working out. This has given me the confidence to hold the dumbells in different positions such as vertically, as i'm quite assured the weights won't come flying off.
The weights are quite easy to assemble and you don't need to be very strong to handle the individual weights or put on/take off the spinlock collars. The great thing about this set is the weights aren't firmly attached to the bars so you can build on weights as you wish when you progress in strength. The other great thing is that you can use the individual weights for things such as crunches by holding the weights on your chest or behind your head for example.
This weight set retails at £40, but can be bought for almost half the price online, currently retailing at £24.99 on Amazon.co.uk. They are a quality set of weights and I'd definitely recommend them for beginners and even intermediates who would like a set of weights at home. However once you build up your strength, these weights become a bit light for most exercises. You can however buy additional weights such as a set of two 10kg and four 5kg weights for around £28 on Amazon.co.uk. These are also compatible with the barbell sets that you can buy produced by York for the vinyl weights.
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I have owed a set of these York dumbells for quite some time now and use them once or twice a week. I find these dumbells allow me to do a number of different exercises that helps tone up muscles. The dumbell set comprises of 4 2.5 kilogram weights and 4 1.25 kilogram weights. There are also 2 bars, to which the weights are placed and 4 spinlocks which secure the weights on either end of the bars.
The weights are made of an hard plastic and they are quite large in size compared with cast iron weights of a similar weight. The cast iron dumbells are generally the alternative product to plastic weights. Even though they are larger in size, I find that they can be stored easily under the bed. I have also found the weights to be durable and hard wearing.
This dumbell set comes with spinlock locks, which make securing the weights on the bar easy and straight forward. You just place the spinlock on the end of the bar and spin it until tight. I have found that over time the spin locks don't secure the weights in place quite are securely as they did when I first got them.
There is a plastic sleeve for each bar, which slides over the top of the bar. I normally use the dumbells for no longer than 20 minutes at a time, and on average twice a week. I have found that the grip on the bar is comfortable when using the dumbells for this length of time.
York have a good reputation in the health and fitness market and these are a good set of entry level dumbells. I have found that they are a good way to help tone muscles in various places in your upper body. If you are looking for a set of heavier dumbells then I would suggest investing in a more expensive cast iron dumbell set.
I felt as though I needed to bulk up my upper body a bit more. I previously bought a set of 1kg,3kg and 5kg weights from Argos and whilst they were suitable I felt as though it was time to go up a stage and so I plonked down the cash for a set of these York vinyl.
The good thing about these dumbbells is that the weights are interchangeable. As you can see in the image there is a small black black screw, which is screwed on next to the weights to hold them in place these can be loosened when you want to remove or add more weight on to the dumbbell
This vinyl weight set comes with the metal bars 2x 1.5 kg weights and 2x 2.5kg weight with the option to purchase heavier weight discs also available should the provided weights no longer provide with a challenging enough workout or if you want to swap down to a lighter weight if you are using them whilst on a treadmill or going for run in the park.
Dumbbells are very versatile and are capable of providing a variety of workouts for different the different muscles found on the upper body.
The dumbbells themselves are relatively durable although from time to time you may hear some movement or cracking noise coming from them this is due to the sand that is in the dumbbells shifting during movement
Himself has had these dumbells under the bed in our room for a good few years now and both of us will get them out and use them from time to time although neither of us for a particularly long or regular amount of time! He had them for his birthday from his mum and he was really quite pleased with them as it was something he had wanted for a little while.
I can't say how much were actually paid for them but I shouldn't think much more than £20 to £30 as having had a look online this seems to be the going rate. The weights are easy to come across with York being one of the more popular choices when it comes to weight training and the like.
The weights we have are slightly different to the picture here as the weight area is a golden colour and the screw to keep them fixed in places is a red plastic. The design and look of the dumbells is a good one and not only do they look stylish but they are practice and easy to hold.
The weight that comes with the bar is made up of four different disc like plastic items. Two of these are 1.25kg and the other two are slightly bigger at 2.5kg. They are made of a tough material and are filled with sand to get the weight rather than being made of a solid metal design like a lot of other dumbell weights are.
The good thing about having dumbells which are of this design is that other heavier or lighter discs can be bought and replace the discs that it came with as the discs are merely screwed on to a threaded rod on each end once the plastic handle area is in place and secred by a large plastic cog at the end. There is an overlap of the rod which means you can just about fix in place an additional weighted disc if you so desire.
The weights themselves are a little heavy for me to use and probably a little light for Himself which is why the don't get used as much as they should do. As yet we haven't got around to getting any more of the weighted discs but Himself keeps saying he should look into it. I think I could remove the larger or smaller disc to make the dumbells lighter for me to use more regularly but I have a set of more girly weights that I prefer to use on a more regular basis.
All said though these York dumbells are made to a good standard and will last us plenty more years to come. They are a good purchase when compared to other similar items and I would highly recommend them and give them a top score of 5 out of 5 stars.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
For many years York have been one of the world's leading manufacturers of weights and weightlifting equipment, and today i'm looking at their 'Vinyl Dumbbell Set' which currently retails at £22.99 from Amazon (RRP £39.99). The set comprises four 1.25kg weights and four 2.5kg weights - modest amounts which should be easy to incorporate into your personal regime. Of course, as well as the weights, you'll also receive two metal bars onto which the weights are placed, two plastic sleeves which slide over to top of the bars, and four locking end sections.
Design & Construction
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The weights themselves are of an acrylic construction, filled with what appears to be a hardened sand-like material - although it's difficult to make out exactly what's inside. As far as I can tell, the weights seem to be pretty much identical to York's previous generation of weights, with the only difference being the fact that they're grey in colour instead of golden. Where the design of the product *has* changed is in the construction of the ends which hold the weights in place. Previously they were red plastic collars which featured a turning key - all very good in theory, but in practice they had the potential to slip, gradually allowing the weights to move along the bar. These days it's a 'spinlock' system where the ends literally screw into place - to be honest it's a vast improvement, leaving the weights much more secure. Between the ends, the grip section is chunky and comfortable to hold, with a slight texture that makes it difficult to drop as a result of slippage.
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Overall, the York Dumbell set is an excellent collection of weights which is ideally suited for a home fitness regime. The redesign of the weights from York's previous generation has helped create a refined and reliable product. No, they're not the smallest weights in existence (meaning that they may be a little more difficult to store)- however, plastic weights are traditionally bigger than their metal alternatives, and I personally haven't found their dimensions to be an issue.