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York Fitness

York Fitness

As pioneers of the strength and fitness markets for over 80 years York Fitness has become a worldwide brand delivering quality products that enhance athletic performance and improve quality of life. Today York Barbell operates commercial strength and conditioning products as well as residential products. Operating in both home and commercial environments has helped York Fitness build a wealth of experience that goes into each and every one of their products.



1929 - York, PA, USA.

In 1929, Bob Hoffman started the York Oil Burner Athletics Club which would later become the York Barbell Club. 51 N. Broad Street in York, became the home of both the oil burner and the barbell manufacturing companies that Bob Hoffman built. The York gym was located on the premises and many of the club members worked in the factory.

Fitness Pioneers Since 1932

In 1932, Hoffman launched Strength & Health, a national magazine for strength and fitness. Following the launch, thousands of readers wrote to Bob requesting advice, programs and mail order weight sets. The York brand was born.

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The Father of World Weightlifting

Bob Hoffman was disappointed that the US failed to send a weightlifting team to the Olympic Games in 1928. The US Olympic Committee felt that a US team would not be competitive. Hoffman then decided he would coach, coaching teams in the 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympic Games. Bob Hoffman was later designated "Father of World Weightlifting" by the International Weightlifting Federation. 

As a prolific writer of books and articles, Hoffman tirelessly promoted the benefits of exercise. He was successful in encouraging weightlifting to the military and the general public. He served as an official adviser on youth physical fitness for President Eisenhower, Kennedy and Nixon.

Hoffman was also a pioneer in the health food business as he introduced a line of nutritional supplements in the early 1950's. He later developed the first energy bar in 1966. 

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