York Fitness 5kg Black Cast Iron Plates

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Review of "York Fitness 5kg Black Cast Iron Plates"

published 11/02/2016 | danielclark691
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Pro Good quality, durable, affordable, versatile.
Cons Beware of those bare feet!
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"York Fitness 5kg"

York Fitness 5kg Black Cast Iron Plates

York Fitness 5kg Black Cast Iron Plates

First impressions

The York Fitness brand is one of the leading players when it comes to fitness equipment in my opinion. They produce a wide range of weights and exercise equipment and here we have their 5kg black cast iron 1 inch plates. They are sold in a set of five and I think that this is fair because you may want to have 10kg on each arm with single hand weights.

In terms of their looks there isnt a great deal to say. You cannot exactly rave about the looks of these weights, but compared to some other brands I must say they are just bog standard items. They have the York Fitness branding on them and the weight written clearly, but other than that we just have a pair of cast iron plates, which will do the same job as the next brand.

Nothing makes these weights stand out from the crowd. How could you? People just want to exercise and using this kind of product there is not going to be a lot of brand loyalty. Surely it is all about cost, unless you want all of your equipment to be matching.

My experience

Even at 5kg you have to be careful not to drop these weights on your toes. They could probably break bones, and although 5kg might not seem a lot you wont be saying that if you did drop the 1 inch thick plates on your feet.

I have fitted and removed these weights a number of times from my lifting bars and to be honest the process couldn’t be simpler. You can buy different types of fixings to hold them in place, but the weights themselves are all a universal fitting with a set diameter to the hole in the centre. This allows you to use different brands with the same bar, if you so wish. If you are a hardcore bodybuilder then you will probably regularly change the weights, so the cast iron is solid enough to withstand any abuse that is thrown at it. The floor could take a beating, so protecting the floor is essential. The weights are always fitted with the largest towards the centre of the bar. This gives slightly more balance to the user because the weight balance is central, but it also makes it easier to make small weight adjustments.

I think that the 5kg size is a fair weight and you have to think about the bigger picture. Being able to make up different weights you will have to own a range of sizes, so the 5kg should be added to your collection if you already have a few other sizes to hand. I would suggest that the 10kg, 5kg and 2.5kg sets are a good starting point.

Price and availability

Priced up at around the £35 mark for a set of four I would say that this is fair value for money. Shop around for the best deals as always, though online you should take into account postage costs.

Final thoughts

Having had use of these weights for more than a few months I would say that I have had no problems at all with them. It is important to build up the weights you are lifting and not just go for something as heavy as you can possibly lift. Start off small and add to your collection of weights as you grow. I think that starting off with a pair of 5kg weights on each arm would be a start for most people. Don’t try to outface yourself or you could be discouraged from enjoying your exercise.

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Long Name: 5kg Black Cast Iron Plates

EAN: 0014961024135

Type: Weight Plates

Manufacturer: York Fitness


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