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Our History

We Really Are The Strongest Name In Fitness!

York has been one of the biggest names in the global fitness equipment industry for over 75 years. York actually started life as 2 different companies – the first was established in the USA in 1932 and operated in the world of Olympic Weightlifting, and the second was established in Canada in 1936 and began developing weights and benches for use in the home.

York Canada branched out all over the world and expanded out into other fitness categories so that by 2004 it had offices in the UK, Australia and Taiwan, distributors in 50 countries and a product range that had as much CV in it as strength equipment.

York USA continued to operate in the Olympic Weightlifting arena for many years, as well as widening it’s product range to include commercial weight training equipment. It’s founder, Bob Hoffman, was the coach to the USA’s Olympic Weightlifting team from 1948 to 1964 and was designated the ‘Father of World Weightlifting’ by the Olympic Weightlifting Federation for his part in the history and development of weightlifting as a sport. He even provided advice on youth fitness to Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon and Kennedy.

In 2004 the 2 companies came together, meaning York was truly a global brand for the first time. Combining the strengths of the respective companies, one in the domestic fitness market and the other in commercial, made perfect sense and has created a company with a complete offering for the global fitness market.

Our home products range from dumbbells, barbells, weight benches and multi-gyms to treadmills, exercise cycles, cross trainers, gym balls and much more.

Our commercial gym equipment is used by high profile sports teams such the LA Lakers, Washington Redskins and Lions in the US and UK premier league rugby teams such as Northampton Saints, Saracens, Harlequins and Borders.

This extensive company history has allowed us to build up a wealth of experience that goes into each and every one of our products.

Finally, an interesting fact – There are more weights in the world branded 'York' than any other manufacturer!

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