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York Fitness Bench
York Fitness Bench
Price: £79.99

22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid little bench, 21 July 2010
This review is from: York Fitness Bench (Sports)
Pleased with this - dispatched and delivered efficiently. Quite easy to assemble, though the instructions could be a bit simpler.

Generally very satisfied - robust, well designed and easy on the eye, which is nice.

Minor gripes:

- It's 'compact' (i.e. a bit small).
- The rubber feet on the seat-end legs fall off if you look at them funny, but a dab of glue should sort that.
- It doesn't fold up at all - while it's 'compact' (i.e. a bit small) it can't just be tucked away unless you have a decent-sized hole in which to tuck.
- The hinged support arm is clipped to the main frame with a pin - to change the elevation you tug it out, line it up and slot it back in. It's perfectly robust and not a big deal, but not as convenient as a sliding mechanism if you want to change the angle a few times in a workout.

It comes with clips on the frame to hold dumbells... but only little light ones, which perhaps reflects that this is really more a bench for the smaller person doing lighter weights. Not really me as a 6'2 bloke... though as a newbie it'll certainly do for now. If you want something to grow into or do serious weights on, you might want something a bit bigger.
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Marcy 35kg Cast Iron Standard 1" Weight Plate Set With Barbell & Dumbell Bars Included
Marcy 35kg Cast Iron Standard 1" Weight Plate Set With Barbell & Dumbell Bars Included

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, for the money, 21 July 2010
Received these yesterday so perhaps unfair to review before I've used them a bit, but I reckon they're OK. As we all know, if they weigh the stated amount and don't fall apart, free weights will do their job... and once you've said that about these, you've said the lot.

The plates aren't as nice as they appear in the photo. They seem cheaply and rather roughly cast, and the profiling/detail is on one side only (the far-end barbell plate is reversed in the product image). They somehow look a bit tiddly too, but that's hardly relevant I guess.

If you want to increase weights over a few months of training I doubt this range of plates really gives enough flexibility to do so without a lot of faff - need more medium to heavy weights to make the set more practical (but hey, you know what you're buying when you pay, so can't complain). I'm a bloke and not small, so could do with a better set to work up to - if you're looking at lighter sets anyway, these would probably be really fine anyway.

All three bars are nicely solid and grippy. The thread on the bar ends and spinlock collars is less impressive: the collars don't spin on smoothly and when assembled the plates seem a bit skewed - not exactly precision-engineered.

Ultimately these will be fine for a while, and I'm sure they'll last well enough - but they aren't exactly impressive, and I can't shake a niggling feeling I should have forked out a bit more for some decent rubber-coated plates and bars with sprung or bulldog collars. But you can easily look at double plus the price for an equivalent set at higher spec, so depends on your budget.

I was expecting a bit better from Marcy, having somehow got the impression they're a decent brand - if you don't expect anything other than a small budget set of heavyish bits of metal, you should be happy enough.

Shop/courier get a thumbs up btw - quick efficient dispatch and a much appreciated heads up on delivery date.

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