York 20kg Cast Iron Dumbbell Set and Case

York 20kg Cast Iron Dumbbell Set and Case

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The York 20kg Cast Iron Dumbbell set has been combined with a useful carry case to create what has become one of the most popular dumbbell sets available.

To explain the popularity it’s worth taking a quick look at the design features, as well as the reasons for dumbbells being such an effective addition to your workout program.


Benefits of the carry case

The entire dumbbell set can be packed away neatly in the toughened case provided

Dumbbells have always been a favourite choice for strength and fitness athletes, as well as for anyone just looking to tone up or stay fit from the comfort of their own home.

There are many reasons for them being such a popular piece of workout equipment, including their flexibility in how much weight you can load on and how compact they are.

The York 20kg Cast Iron Dumbbell set takes this a step further by providing you with a solid carry case, complete with custom designed inner sections for storing each piece of the set. There is also a convenient carry handle to make it easier to transport if you want to move the set between different rooms in the house or even take with you while travelling.

With such a rigid design to the carry case, this also helps with storage when you want to keep the weights tidy but also not risk them getting scratched by lying on the floor. It also reduces the risk of any of the parts going missing between workouts.


Design features

York 20kg Cast Iron Dumbbell Set and Case

The York 20kg Cast Iron Dumbbell set is supplied with the two main bars, a selection of weight plates from 2.5kg to 0.5kg and the spinlock collars.

Despite the simple design there are still a few features that have been added to make sure your workouts are as effective as possible.

The grip section of the handles has knurling to make it easier to grip the weight for longer periods of time and prevents the bar from slipping out of your hand if it does get wet.

To give your hand something to push up against when performing exercises such as hammer curls, where the top of your hand may be touching the weight plate, a tapered section has been added at either end of the grip section.

This helps to make it more comfortable when lifting the weight and gives the weight plates a cushion for them to press up against to prevent damaging them when the locking collars are tightened.

While there are many different types of bar and locking collar, perhaps the strongest and most secure is the spinlock design. This is the style included on the dumbbell bars for the York 20kg Cast Iron Dumbbell set, making it very quick and easy to take the collars off and change the weight plates.

Being cast iron, these weight plates have a much smaller size than the plastic coated versions of similar weight. This helps to keep the dumbbells compact and easy to store, but also allows you to keep the weight closer to your body during dumbbell rows and curls which will increase the efficiency of the exercise.

To reduce any noise made by the weight plates moving against the locking collars which can be an issue with other dumbbell sets, a rubber washer has been added to the thinner section of the collars.


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York 20kg Dumbbell Set – Features Summary

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  • Types of materials used: Metal and plastic
  • Weight plates supplied: 4 x 0.5kg, 4 x 1.25kg, 4 x 2.5kg
  • 4 x spinlock collars
  • 2 x 14 chrome spinlock bars
  • Traditional design with heavy-duty cast iron discs
  • Strong chrome spinlock bar and rubber-edged anti-slip spinlock collars
  • Knurled anti-slip hand grip for comfortable lifting
  • Contains full colour exercise wallchart



Possible workouts with the York 20kg Cast Iron Dumbbell set

Although this set comes with a very useful full colour exercise chart, it can be useful to know how you can combine these exercises into your workouts.

Although there are many hundreds of possible exercise combinations you can create for dumbbell workouts, a couple of the most popular are shown below.

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Lower body:


  • Walking Lunge – Aim to do 3 sets of 12 – 15 reps on each leg, making sure to alternate legs.
  • Stiff legged dumbbell deadlift – 3 sets of 10 reps.
  • Dumbbell squats – 4 sets of 10 reps.
  • Standing calf raises – 4 sets of 15 reps.


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Upper body:

  • Dumbbell Uneven Push-ups – 3 sets of 10 – 12 reps on each side.
  • Standing Bent-Over Row – 3 sets of 12 reps without standing up.
  • Standing shoulder press – 3 sets of 10 reps.
  • Bicep curls – 3 sets of 10 reps.



Combining this dumbbell set with other weightlifting equipment

Another of the great benefits of the York 20kg Cast Iron Dumbbell set is the fact that you can combine the set with a weights bench or even heavier weight plate set to increase the number of possible exercises still further.

With a good quality weights bench you can add exercises such as bench presses, shoulder presses, pullovers, lying tricep extensions and seated incline dumbbell curls to your workouts.


Why Strength training?

As one of the most effective ways to reduce body fat, increase lean muscle mass and burn calories more efficiently, strength training is an important part of any fitness programme.

Studies have shown that strength training can also help to increase the endurance of muscles, while also helping to increase bone density, reduce resting blood pressure and improve balance and co-ordination.


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