“ Manufacturer: York / Type: Fitness Equipmnet - Barbell Pad „
Ive been using weights for around 15 years now and I still have my original York kit, which was my first. Part of this kit is a dumbell, which is the longer (around 4 feet) long bar that you use for bench press, quads, core and back exercises, most people naturally move on from the simpler , easier exercises that involve barbells and start to use the more excessive weights on the dumbell, its emperitive for increasing core power and strenth. The dumbell however will get some heavy weights on it and there is no padding by was of course, just a kind of shallow grid serrating on the metal which isnt painful but will, over time, sand down your palm and it isnt comfortable when lifting loads within a large set number of reps.
York has developed this red padding for their barbells and I have seen it used in many gyms. It makes the bar look alittle more attractive in your home, and on the inside is black foam, which I suspected might chip away, but does not after so long, its that kind of cork like foam thats tightly packed and doesnt peel off. Nor does the red pvc cover get dinked easily. The principle problem with padding is that sometimes it does not feels like part of the bar itself,but rather a flimsy casing that slides around the bar as your wrist moves up and down, say when doing clean and jerks. This support is rubber with a PVC lining and does help to protect and support your wrists. The padding is very tight on the bar and doesnt feel like it slipping in any way and it is easy to place onto the bar and can be tightened with the velcro strapping, which is very good because velcro takes ages to wear down. Its great to feel an addition to the bar actually feel like part of the bar and nto something stuck on and annoying for the sensation. An additional and obvious benefit is the protection the bar gives you on shoulder and back lifts as you rest the bar on the shoulder between reps, Ive done sets without this and with the weight on the end of the bar it can feel like its cuts into your trapezius muscles.
An added advantage is that the comfort allows you to improve grip strength, an important componant in lifting weights as commonly the weak link in the arm is the wirst and the hands and they give out before you biceps will, so improving grip strength is essential and will allow you to do more reps, more reps mean more prizes.
The rubber padding isnt too thick, if it were it would affect the angle of your wirst and the feeling of the movement, you sometimes get this on weight machines in the gym and it feels wrong. The rubber gives the right amount of grip and comfort, especially if you have a pair of weight lifting gloves on as well. It must be stressed that this padding is for a particular thickness of barbell, and should not be used on the bigger 2 inch buggers you see on the machines on the gym, it will not fit.
The rubber is durable and I assume washable, I have not done this yet, but its a safe assumption, it does get sweaty and a bit stinky being porious but its not too bad.
The bar padding is fairly cheap , between £8.50 and £10 depending on the stockist and is a sure investment for the comfort it gives. Dont buy the cheaper foam only pads, they do not feel as good and cost two thirds of the prices anyway.
While doing weights my hands got a little bit sore, often from using other equipment as well. I tried weight lifting gloves but found them annoying as I had to keep taking them for boxing or adjusting them while using them. I saw this and gave it a go.
It really does work well to not only protect your hands but give you a comfortable handle on your dumbbells. Compared to gloves I think this may take the edge as it is not only comfort but stays on well. After it is attached I thought it would be prone to falling off but you get none of that. It sticks well and feels very secure in your hand. I have allowed a few friends the use of it and they all think it makes more sense than a glove as well.
Made from York is a stamp of quality and this is no different. You feel a little more pleased using it when you know you can trust it. It is red with white and looks like a smart and quality piece of equipment. It is comfortable to use as you would expect. Style is not really important in an item like this however the quality of it is clear to see.
I would recommend this to a friend and actually have before.
If you're into weights and have thought about moving on from the standard dumbbells then using a barbell is a good way of developing your core strength and increasing the power you have. However, too many people launch straight into using the barbell without any padding and give up after a few minutes because their grip isn't comfortable.
York is a leading fitness equipment manufacturer, and I've rarely had an issue with any of their weights equipment. My work gym has this padding for their barbells, and the way they help protect and support is very reassuring. The padding itself is quite tight outside and in, slotting securely over the bar itself and tightened with durable velcro. The padding itself doesn't squidge very much, instead giving good grip and allowing you to protect your hands a lot more than the bare would let you. There's a slight concern that holding the bar and jerking it up would be trickier and the padding would roll instead of gripping, but as long as you tighten it properly then you're going to get good grip and not have a problem at all.
The padding fits 1 inch thick barbells, and not the 2 inch ones. If you were to wrap it round a 2 inch bar then it wouldn't reach all the way round as it's designed to be tight to to the bar and this will make using it nigh on impossible; it'll certainly negate its use by not being as secure as it should be. But when it's around the 1 inch bar it seems to fit just right.
The barbells at the gym get used a lot, and so the padding gets washed. I've never seen this happen, to be honest, but it is noticeable after it has been done and it still manages to retain its shape and flexibility. You'd expect cheap products to deteriorate noticeable after time, but ultimately this one doesn't at all. I find that it needs a bit of plying in order to feel comfortable in your hands when you first use it, but then this would be the same for most products, clothes included, when you first use them after cleaning. It takes only a few small moments to get used to it again, and with this fitting snug round a barbell there's no real issue with it, to be honest.
The grip is aided by a sort of PVC sleeve, and so it doesn't really feel as if you are gripping merely a foam padding but something that is part of the barbell itself, and I think this is the key - after a while you forget that what you're gripping actually comes apart from the bar itself and it seems as if it's part of the original piece of equipment. This mentally helps you when you're trying to lift the weights, as well as the padding helping to ease the discomfort you may feel when resting the bar on various parts of your body depending on what exercises you're doing with the bar itself.
The bar prices quite well at around the £10 mark, although I've seen it for less and for more. It's a quality product that is a good investment as you shouldn't need to replace it too often. I've certainly seen the same pad for a long time with plenty of usage and it's holding fast. Cheaper products are likely to deteriorate a lot quicker and not be good value for your money, but this one certainly is. Recommended.
The York fitness 1 inch barbell pad, is a protective pad which can fit standard 1 inch barbells. Usage of the pad is designed to soften the weight of a heavy barbell resting on your neck/trapezius muscles from heavy squats. I bought the product from fitness-superstore.co.uk for a price tag of £8.50
The product was red, with the words "York fitness" in white capital font in the centre of the velcro fastener. The red velcro fastener is made from PVC and is apparently washable. It has a velcro closure system at the end which locks quite securely.The red cover looks classy and attractive rather than just a plain foam product you can buy cheaply off of eBay. The actual pad of the product is made from black foam, has a 1 inch diameter and is made so that the red velcro cover fits over the top of it. The product is available in a slightly different form, with a different style logo and a white coloured foam pad depending on where you buy the product from.
I've had the product for a few years now and It has lasted very well. I was initially scared the foam would get damaged and chunks of foam may fall out. This has not been the case and with sensible care of the foam and Velcro closure from the PVC outer sleeve, I can see this product lasting many years. The red PVC sleeve is tough, strong and made from good quality materials, the logo and paintwork has held well on it and has not flaked away. The Velcro has not frayed and worn away and is still working well and securely. For just £8.50 you get great durability, but from commercial usage in a gym, I could see the product having lower durability simply from heavy usage. For a personal gym, this product is well made and will last years.
The product is great for dampening the force exerted from a heavy barbell on your traps, neck and deltoids. You certainly feel less pain, and it offers much better comfort than just a solid steel bar. The PVC is a tough material and sticks well to me, it does not slide and fall off under heavy weights and overall has made Squatting a more comfortable experience for me. The padded black foam is quite thick and not too thin that you can feel the bar sharply down on you. The diameter of the foam is only one inch, so it will only be compatible with standard barbells. If you have an Olympic barbell then the diameter will be two inches, meaning the product will not fit upon it, so don't bother buying it if you have Olympic sized equipment. I've successfully used the product for barbell heel raises, good mornings and barbell squats brilliantly and I've also used it to train my grip. The product adds extra diameter to the standard barbell which when you just hold the barbell with the York pad attached statically for as long as you can, I developed better grip strength.
The product was very well priced for just £8.50 on fitness-superstore.co.uk, it can also be bought on Amazon and other sports stores as well easily for a similar price. For the good quality, good sleeve artwork and design and good comfort and protection the product offers, £8.50 is very good value for money. I've saw barbell pads just made from low quality foam on eBay for £5 without any PVC sleeve, but the quality of these products was much lower than the York barbell pad. So overall the product by York offers fantastic value for money.
I've not encountered any real problems with the York barbell pad, except maybe York could offer a choice of different colours for the PVC sleeve or maybe give you a choice of two foam pads, one for 1 inch barbells and the other for Olympic sized 2 inch barbells so it was applicable to everyone. Maybe if they done all this for £10 or £11 then it would be still good value for money but would offer increased versatility and maybe sell better in the UK.
To conclude, this product looks great with the PVC sleeve, is made from quality componenet, is very comfortable and makes squatting more pleasant, can be used for other barbell exercises and can be used to train grip strength on static holds and retails for a fantastic price of just £8.50 in the UK. The product is durable and will last years from personal usage, but commercial usage may result in the product wearing away or breaking from overuse. I use the York barbell pad whenever I perform the said exercises in my workout and it was a brilliant investment, I highly recommend the product if you have a standard 1 inch diameter barbell!
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