Apex Neoprene Dumbbell Set (3-Pair)
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Weight training is more popular than ever. And, it’s popular with a demographic that, for many years, did not work out with weights: women. Today, more and more women are turning to free weights in order to tone up and build a little more lean muscle mass, rather than sticking just to standard cardiovascular routines. We’ve learned that strength training has many benefits besides being able to build muscle mass. Since muscle burns more calories each day than fat, even when resting, we can all benefit from building some muscle if we want to get to, and maintain, a healthy weight. In addition, a finely toned body looks leaner and more appealing and makes clothing fit better. As we age, we lose muscle mass, so some strength training is necessary as we get older just to maintain the muscle mass we had in younger years. All of these reasons contribute to the popularity of weight training for women of varying ages.
What’s also interesting is that many of these women are choosing to work out at home rather than at the gym. Working out at home has become very popular because:
• Working out at home is less expensive over time than paying for gym memberships
• If you have the equipment at home, you can work out any time you want, so getting fit is easier to schedule
• Working out at home makes you less uncomfortable if you’re out of shape
• There are many great workout programs on DVD that can give you a gym quality class in the privacy of your living room
There are a wide variety of free weights designed for use at home, and every home gym should have free weights. They are fairly inexpensive, durable and can be used for a wide variety of exercises and by users of a wide variety of fitness levels.
Different sets of free weights are designed for different types of users. Since many women choose free weights for adding a little extra boost to their cardiovascular routine or for a little toning of the arms, there are weight sets designed simply for this purpose. These weight sets are light, usually going up to no more than ten pounds. They are typically shorter than other weights to make them less cumbersome to use, and they are often covered in a soft coating to protect the hands and make gripping them more comfortable.
This set of 3 neoprene covered dumbbells from Apex is a good example of such a set of weights. They are small in size to make them easy to use, and the set is designed for use by the person who wants to tone up or enhance a cardiovascular workout. In this set you get a pair of 2 pound dumbbells, a pair of 3 pound dumbbells and a pair of 5 pound dumbbells. All are coated in comfortable neoprene, and each pair is in a different color so that you can easily tell them apart. They are packaged in a compact plastic carrying case, so that they’re easily stored away or taken with you.
These weights cost around $50, which is about the average cost for such a set, especially with a carrying case.
Users who have purchased this set of weights have been happy with the weights themselves, but a majority of the users were unhappy with the case. Many reported that the case was broken, damaged or that it would not close properly, making it rather useless for taking the weights with you when you travel. It seems that the case may often get damaged during shipping, so if you choose this product, it might be best to pick it up at your local sporting goods store so that it does not have to be shipped to you.
Apex Fitness is a leading manufacturer of fitness equipment, making many large fitness machines found in gyms, but also making free weights and other products designed for home use. They are a solid company who offer good customer service and who stand behind their products.
If you’re toning up or trying to lose weight, a set of weights like this is a good accompaniment to a cardiovascular or circuit training routine. For a very small price, you can have all the equipment you need to get toned and looking your very best.
It definitely pays to shop around when purchasing fitness equipment like this. There are a lot of options out there, and a lot of competition between manufacturers, helping consumers get better pricing and options like free shipping, which can save you quite a bit of money when you’re talking about shipping weights. It also pays to take a look at adjustable weight sets, since they allow you a greater flexibility in terms of the amount you can lift with just a few weights. Adjustable weights also tend to take up less storage space than free weights.
All in all, these weights are a good product at a reasonable price.
However, if you know that you are planning to carry the weights with you on a regular basis, you might want to look at another brand, since the carrying case does not appear to be very durable. However, if your plan is to primarily use these weights at home, they may be exactly what you’re looking for in a simple basic set of light weights to take with you on a walk or to use to enhance your cardiovascular workout.