Product Type: York sports equipment
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Cushion for your iron pushing
York 1 inch Barbell Pad
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York 1 inch Barbell Pad
Advantages: Quality design, good grip and reliable
Disadvantages: Nothing really
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.
Summary: Quality pad for barbell
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