The weights are made by Pro Fitness who is an American company, which makes a lot of fitness and gym equipment. The weights I purchased come from Argos and cost me approximately £20.00. Please note I did purchase these over a year ago and Argos no longer sells these weights. You can buy them from amazon for about £19.99 thought. The weights come in a black carry case which contains 3 different sized weights in 3 different colours. The weights are of course very heavy when in the carry-case and I couldn't lift them so had to get someone to help me get them to the car. The smallest weights 0.5kg and are a deep purple colour. The next size up is 1kg and these are a bright green colour. The final and heaviest size is 1.5kg which is a blue colour. These all sit in their own place in the large black carry case, which is made from very strong plastic. I wanted weights to help me tone my arms and rest of my body up, but I didn't want anything to heavy which is why I chose this set from Argos. Inside the box also comes a user instruction which includes guidance on how to use the weights. Although the weights are very simple and easy to use it's worth reading through all the information for any hints and tips you may use. This is recommended if you have never used weights before or don't have a clue on how to use them.
Although I exercise and keep fit a lot I wasn't used to using/lifting weights so I started off using the lightest weights which are 0.5kg in weight. I have a health and fitness magazine which gives me a range of different exercises to do using the weight to help tone up and tighten the muscles in my arms. I always warm up before using the weights, so I don't do any damage to my muscles and it means my muscles won't hurt as much the day after because they were warmed up before exercising. After approximately 2-3 months or so using the small weights at least 2-3 times a week, I began to feel as though these were too light so I moved on to using the next size up which were slightly heavier at 1kg. These did feel a lot heavier to start off with and the normal exercises I was doing with the smaller weights, now seemed much harder. How-ever I felt as though I was working my muscles more for an even better work-out. I haven't yet started using the heaviest weights as at the moment I feel the one's I am currently using are perfect for me. In a few months' time I will probably move onto the heaviest weights and carry on using them. I won't buy any weights bigger than the one's I have already got as these are great for just toning and keeping my arms in good shape.
The weights are covered in a rubber like material which makes them comfortable and easier to hold. They have Pro Fitness in white lettering on each end of the weight. I found that the rubber covering gives a better grip on the weights, especially if my hands get a little warm and sweaty. I have luckily never dropped one of these weights, how-ever if you did happen to drop one from a high height I imagine it would do your feet a lot of damage. The weights can be wiped with a warm cloth if you feel as though they need a clean. I don't really do this as the weights don't seem to get dirty. I think the weights are really good quality and really good value. The size of the weights are perfect just for toning your arms up and are also great for using with other exercises. I also think these are perfect for anyone who has never used weights before, as you can start off light and work your way up to use the heavier weights. I have been using the weights for just over a year now and my arms have become more toned. I give these 5 out of 5 stars!
I do some of the following exercises using the weights. You can find more information about how to do them by typing them in Google or YouTube.
Overhead Triceps Extensions
When you are used to using the weights you can also use them in other exercises such as lunges to make things more challenging.
Always warm up before exercising and stretch afterwards to help your muscles.
Never lift more than you think you think you can handle
Always start from the smallest weight and work your way up slowly
Don't push yourself too hard when training/exercising for the first time
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I purchased these to use as part of my workout routine in particular with my Davina workout dvd which requires the use of weights. I would rather use weights as I think they work better than bottles of water so was eager to buy them. They cost me £15 in a sale in a sports shop which was closing down which I think is a good price. They currently cost £22.91 on Amazon then you have to think of postage and packaging so they can be quite pricey.
My partner does own free weights where you can add weights to make them heavier but I find them quite bulky for working out with for a dvd. These weights are handheld and not to bulky. They do not need to be messed with in anyway and are ready to go when you need them.
The weights come in a black box which has a handle making them easy to carry. Inside the case is 3 sets of weights: purple set which are 1kg, green set which are 1.5kg and a blue set which are 2.5kg. That may not sound very heavy but once you get repping believe me you can feel the burn. I tend to use my green ones the most but if its to much I swap to my purple set. The weights are coated in a plastic type material which mean they are comfy to hold whilst working out and you can grip them proberly. Even when sweating i can keep a good hold. You do get exercises with the set but as I said earlier the purchase for me was for using with exercise dvds so I have not really used these.
I can feel these weights working as I use them and the box they come in great for keeping them stored neatly away. I give these 5 stars they do the job for me.
Look at that - two health and fitness reviews within a relatively short space of time. Anyone would think I was sick. Don't worry, though, I'm not about to turn into a big fitness Nazi on you. I'm very much an occasional exerciser. Have you ever seen those pictures of Victorian women doing keep fit? The ones where they've made no concession whatsoever to the need to wear sporty clothes and are instead fannying about with ribbons, balls and other accoutrements in full evening gowns? That's my kind of exercise. Lazy-girl fitness, if you will. I recall the video of Olivia Newton-John prancing around in a frightening amount of lycra and exhorting me to get physical and I remember wanting no part of it. Worse, I'm still haunted by the image of Mr Motivator and his far too clearly defined scrotum yelling at me from the telly (Mr Motivator, if by any chance you're reading, what was wrong with a nice pair of jogging bottoms, eh? You know what they have going for them? Looseness. Did you really need shorts so tight that the viewing public would have had a reasonable chance of giving you a prostate examination? I think not).
So it was in the spirit of a very vague sense of wanting to develop some muscle tone that I bought these dumbbells. I don't really want to do the scary kind of weightlifting where you have go to the fake tanning place and ask for a 'David Dickinson Special' and nor do I want my veins becoming so swollen and pulsating that they take on independent personalities and I have to name them. Thus, these are perfect for my requirements: they're not excessively heavily, they're packaged into quite a compact carrying case and there are three different weights. Also, as weights go, they look quite nice. Not quite Barbie-esque, but not Rocky either.
They are entirely coated in a kind of slightly rubberised plastic. I imagine this is to prevent rust and increase grip, but it makes them smell unbelievably and quite unpleasantly chemically. This dissipates a bit once they've been left out for a while, though, so it's not a major negative factor. They are coloured purple (1kg), green (1.5kg) and blue (2.5kg). They don't look overly feminine, but I can't imagine many men wanting to use these; the colour aside, the weight range may not provide enough of a challenge for the average bloke. The dumbbells vary slightly in size according to weight, but all fit comfortably in the hand and I haven't dropped one yet (I did throw one at a mega-big spider once, but it cantered off at speed and I left a small dent in the wall. Score one to the arachnids).
~*~Ease of Use~*~
Well, they're dumbbells so pretty much all you're going to be doing is lifting them up and down in one way or another. There is a sheet of instructions included in the carrying case which gives photographic representations and a basic guide to the exercises you can use them for. Mostly, these are straightforward to follow and are great for a beginner/lazyarse like me, but are probably slightly redundant for serious exercisers. That said, there are plenty of websites that give guidance for more complex dumbbell exercises.
I found the dumbbells easy to use as long as I make the movements smoothly; if you jerk your arms or attempt to make the movements too quickly you risk straining or pulling your muscles. Generally speaking, I use the Swiss ball to sit on when I'm using them. I know little about these things but I'm reliably informed by healthy people that it's a good way of making sure your posture is correct and therefore reducing the risk of hurting yourself.
They come in a black plastic carrying case which is quite sturdy and makes them reasonably portable. However, when they're all in the case it weighs in at a little over 10 kilograms, so it's not something you're going to want to be trotting around with for miles and miles.
The plastic covering means they're very unlikely to rust or become tarnished with sweat or grease from the hands. As long as you don't throw them at creepy-crawlies on a regular basis, these should last many years. The case is quite a solid plastic one, but the clips are moulded plastic and so I wouldn't expect them to stand up to much heavy usage. If you're a sporadic exerciser, like me, it'll probably be grand for a while.
These are girly weights and, as such, are going to be useless for anyone with dreams of turning pro-bodybuilder. If you have your own home gym with a weights bench, they're probably going to be a bit redundant as well. If, however, you just want a few weights that are easily stowed away for the (many) times when you're not using them, these are ideal. There's a nice progression between the weights, they look good, feel comfortable to grip and are therefore just the ticket for those who are looking to avoid bingo wings, rather than those who yearn for biceps of rippling steel. I use mine once a week or so (all the properly fit people are probably tsking and rolling their eyes at the moment) and I find that I feel my muscles have been exercised and ache a bit the next day, but are never agonisingly painful.
Apart from the carrying case not being terrifically well-made, not really, no. As ever with this kind of exercise it would be wise to follow specific exercises rather than just flinging your arms around and hoping for the best. If you're really unsure of what you're doing a trip to a personal trainer might be advisable (or do what I did and nag your nearest and dearest fitness Nazi until they give in and point you in the right direction).
~*~Price and Availability~*~
I bought mine from Amazon for £20. They're now £22.91 so it might be worth hanging on to see if they're reduced again.
I got these vinyl weights off my mate for my birthday, she knows I prefer working out at home instead of going to the gym and because she liked the look of them herself she got me a set..... we've got the same sort of taste on things like this so she knew I'd like them!
You get 3 sets of different sized weights in black case, they are made of nice smooth plastic that is comfortable to hold and don't take up too much room because you store them in the case that they come in.
You get 2 x 1kg weights, 2 x 1.5kg weights and 2 x 2.5kg weights. The different pairs are different colours so that you can't get mixed up with what weight you're picking up, I mean that's not very likely anyway because they are different sizes but at least the colours look nice!
The bar that you hold is very comfortable, it's smoother than I thought it would be and I thought that would end up being a mistake but even though I've been using these weights for ages now they've never slipped around in my hand even when my skin has been mega sweaty during or after a good work out. That's probably because the vinyl has got a bit of a sticky feel to it, that helps me get a good grip on the weights but actually I'd prefer the bar to have ridges to help the grip instead of the sticky feeling.
The weights are balanced good, I mean and so they should be because they cost £20.00 and there are cheaper ones available! I think they're mega comfortable to hold and are brill to use when I am working out to one of my fitness DVDs at home. I started off using mainly the 1kg weights and worked up to using the 2.5kg ones, there's a shiny wallchart in the case which I haven't actually used but it gives you a good idea of how to use the weights and different exercises to do.
The case is a good idea, it's shaped so that you can fit all the weights into it..... the only trouble is that it's a bit heavy to pick up when you've got all the weights in it together! The good thing is that it keeps them all in one place and means I haven't got to pair them up on the floor and risk kicking them and busting my toe again..... I did that a couple of years ago and it killed!
Recommended... not mega cheap but a wicked set of weights that come in their own case so you haven't got weights all over the floor!
This is the set of dumbbells that my mum uses, though she has passed it over to me, as she does not use it anymore. I already have my own weights, but these are complimentary to a training session as they can be used for warm ups and cool downs.
The York set comprises two 1.0kg weights, another two 1.5kg weights and finally 2.5kg weights. Personally, I think these are too light to really have a severe workout, even for ladies, but they suffice for beginners. The wights are moulded well with easy to grip handles and are made from a plastic resin so there will be no clunking of metal here. The bright colour scheme will help you identify which weights you are using.
I have used them for basic toning exercises and held them while doing stretches. This gives the arms something to do while you warmup. The weights have also come in handy for agility routines, such as squatting with one in either hand to improve posture. You could use them to develop your biceps brachii or triceps, but I feel they would produce limited results due to the low weightage.
The presentation of the set is good though, with a neat carrying case and the price tag of twenty pounds would make them an ideal gift for someone who is wanting to start off a basic fitness regime. They would be ideal for children or older populations whose bone density and muscle mass would benefit from a lighter weight. This would also make for a safer workout. The weights will also allow you to prep yourself before hitting a real gym, so I think they are very useful in this respect to introduce one to toning. A decent set of dumbbells for the novice.