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York Fitness has been one of the biggest names in the global fitness equipment industry for over 75 years. We 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 home use.

York Canada branched out globally, expanding 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. 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 merged to make York Fitness a truly a global brand. This extensive company history has allowed us to build up a wealth of experience that goes into each and every one of our products.

We continue to set the standard within the fitness industry for product styling, durability, performance, and value. From the early designs of the Milo Barbell, through to today’s innovative grip plates, finely crafted bars and functional training stations, its very clear to see why we are the “Strongest Name in Fitness”.

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.

Our Industry Educated team have extensive experience and knowledge of performance sports training, fitness training, management of sporting facilities and building design. This ensures not only will you be given the correct equipment information, but it will be aimed towards your exact needs and facility.

A key focus for York Fitness is you the customer. Every enquiry is treated individually and product selection is bespoke to your needs; this is what keeps York Fitness ahead of the competition.

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