About Us

York Fitness is the trading name of: York Barbell (UK) Ltd

Registered in England. Registration No.: 1491442. VAT No.: GB 336 1648 56

Registered Office Address: York Way, High March Industrial Estate, Daventry, Northamptonshire. NN11 4YB

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 besides.

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!

Our Philosophy

York is a company built on History-Since 1932, when Bob Hoffman founded York Barbell.

From York’s Foundations in the decades of the 1930s through to the 1970s, York flexed its muscle with its Olympic Lifting Teams. The Renowned York Barbell Club dominated the Olympic scene with over 40 national championships and 7 Olympic Gold Medallists. Even today, the Commercial Head Office houses the “Official Weightlifting Hall of Fame” and Museum in York, Pennsylvania.

Through its long history, York has never taken a step backwards in the design of training equipment for commercial and sports performance environments. From the early designs of the Milo Barbell, through to todays innovative grip plates, finely crafted bars and functional training stations, its very clear to see why we are the “Strongest Name in Fitness”.

Functional- Whats does it mean? The words that spring to mind are “practical” ”useful” and “serves a purpose”. These are just words, but what York has done is to put them into practice. With many coaches and conditioners turning their backs on static, single plane of motion machines, in favour of more alternative workouts, the York STS & FTS ranges allow the functional workouts to happen.

We continue to set the standard within the fitness industry for product styling, durability, performance, value and will continue to do so for many years to come.

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 you will be given the correct equipment information, but it will be aimed towards your exact needs and facility.

The York STS Range covers all the staple requirements for Sports Performance Training and Commercial Gyms with the York FTS Range ideally suited for Studios, Public Services and school gyms. Each range has bars , weights and dumbells to suit, this means everyones needs are catered for.

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

Closing Note:

When you step out onto the field or court and you have been trained using York equipment, you will always know deep down that you are fully prepared for whatever challenge is put your way….