If you’re keen on working out from home, there’s some key equipment that is going to help you achieve better results, faster. Here at home gym junkie we’re huge advocates of bodyweight exercises and the push up is no exception. To some, the push up is a measure of true strength and how many you can do is usual a topic of competition between friends. If you’re looking at a quick fix to improve your push ups and develop strong shoulders and chest then read on…
How To Do A Push Up
The push up is one of the pillars of the bodyweight exercises. This killer compound movement triggers muscles in the triceps, shoulder and chest. The issue is that many people lack the form and range of motion to get the best out of the exercise. A push up should be performed by:
- With hands flat on the floor, slightly wider than shoulder width apart.
- Keep the body straight and your bum tucked in.
- Your feet should be setup in a way that is comfortable for you. (we go tip toes)
- With your arms straight, lower your body until your chest touches the floor. And your body is parallel with the floor.
- Make sure that your elbows don’t fly out to the side.
- Pause a second and Push back up to full extension.
To increase the range of motion and ultimately increase the result we’d recommend using push up handles.
Tested: Gold Gym Push Up Bars
We’ve been testing the Golds Gym push up bars for the last couple of weeks and we’ve been really impressed. The handles are fitted with rubber that grips the surface you’re doing the press up on. And the handles are really strong and could easily support your bodyweight. You can really feel the improvement between a standard and push up bar push up. Because the handles aren’t fixed you can use them at different angles and at different widths to target different areas of the triceps, chest and shoulders. We also found that round handles on the bar helps to relieve pressure on the hands and wrists which is great if you already have issues with your joints.
What Type Of Push Up Bar Should I Choose?
There are many different push up bars on the market that vary in price. The majority of the bars are all very similar in functionality. The 2 main types are fixed and rotating bars.
Fixed Push Up Bars
The fixed bars, like the ones we mentioned above are usually made out of plastic or metal and come in a range of designs, however the concept remains the same. Some of the bars also have some ergonomic aspects that increase the comfort for the user. You’ll also see a range of brands such as Adidas, York and body sculpture.
Rotating Push Up Bars
These bars are very similar to the fixed bars. The rotation in the bar helps to take pressure from the shoulders and helps focus on the chest and triceps. The slight instability of the bar also helps to engage more muscle fibres and will help overall strength.
Whatever push up bar you decide to go with, they’re going to have a positive impact on your push up exercises. The bars are cheap, sturdy and easy to store – it’s a winning formula!
Have you used a push bar before? What were your results? Let us know in the comments below! And remember, eat, sleep, train repeat.