It's impressive how a little height can provide a swing of exercise difficulty, making it either easier or more difficult for you to do push ups. Of course, to do push ups you don't need any equipment at all, just yourself and the floor. However, items of equipment such as these can help you either way, and these particular ones are very easy to use and effective.
Each of these bars has two bases, joined together by a curved bar with a hand grip in the middle. They're a good few centimetres above the ground, giving enough elevation for what you need. The main reason for these is to make doing push ups harder if you want them to be. The elevation of your hands and that extra little distance from the ground. This means that you can set them apart and when you're lowering yourself down to the ground, you can go the extra few centimetres to give an extra angle of exercise to your arms and shoulders. It also makes you bring your core into the exercise more.
Similarly, if you find it somewhat harder to do push ups, then using these can give you the extra height to start with, which means a slightly lower angle to have to go and in theory less weight to have to push back up again, the angle accounting for some of it. It's not as easy as doing push ups using the side of a table or even the sofa, but it can make it easier. I personally find that having grippable handles instead of having to splay your hands flat on the ground or another surface reduces the pressure on my wrists. One of my wrists is weaker having been broken, and this just makes it easier to do the push ups by reducing the strain on my wrists.
The grips on them are very solid, and I haven't yet found that my hands feel like they're slipping. This is an essential element as you're really relying on that grip. If it starts to slip then your body will automatically start putting the extra pressure on your wrists to compensate. The larger base also makes sure that you're not going to slip on the floor either. There's a no slip grip on the base, and a small amount of give built into the equipment itself which allows for increased safety and less pressure on the joints.
They look good too. I know this isn't essential to the exercises and using them effectively, but the visual effect of a piece of equipment like this does give a certain reassurance about its quality. Kettler is a highly regarded brand name when it comes to exercise equipment such as this, and they have proved it with thiese push ups bars. You can get the pair for around the £15 mark, depending on where you shop. There are various other styles and designs of push up bars, but these ones are just as good as others I have tried, and while they're certainly not the cheapest, you do get what you pay for and these are good quality push up bars. Recommended.
I purchased my Kettler Push Up Bars for £14 online. I have not looked around to see if I could have got them cheaper but as always with the internet it is definitely worth doing so. The purpose of these bars is to provide a joint-gentle course of motion as well as offering you a larger range o movement during the exercise. They come with anti-slip feet meaning you can use them on any surface.
As with all exercise you always want to be trying to progress. Doing press-ups is no different. Once you find that you can perform tens and tens of them in one go you need to challenge yourself. This is the reason I bought these. They allow you to go deeper than you can normally just on the floor thus working your muscles harder.
You can decide what position is the best and most comfortable for yourself and because of the anti-slip feet they won't move once you start exercising. This is extremely useful if you are on a wood or slippery flooring. They are also relatively small so easy to carry around or transport in your car.
If you find press ups too easy or find that they create unwanted pain or stress on your wrists then these bars are very useful.
Here's my review of the Kettler Push Up Bars which I have owned for over three years now, meaning I can give a long term review!
**Price and Availability**
Kettler is a pretty well known brand to any keep fit fan, and their products can often be found on the high street, and in specialist work out / body building shops.
I bought my Push Up Bars in Sports World (formerly Sports Soccer) on the Headrow in Leeds and I paid £9.99 for a pair, which is an excellent price and saving against the RRP of £14.99. My advice would be to shop around and see if you can get a deal online.
The Kettler Push Up Bars look very smart in a shiny silver metal finish with black rubberised grip bands and floor grips. They're suitable for men & women.
**Why Push Up Bars?**
Of course, you can do push ups on your hands alone flat to the floor but this puts your wrists at a near 90 degree angle with the majority of your body weight held there. This over time can cause pain and pressure problems to the palms, too.
The aim of Push Up Bars is to spread the weight over the four 'feet' on the base of the bars, leaving the user to grip and push in a more natural keep fit manner much in the same way you hold physical weights or use multi gyms. For those who incorporate push ups into their daily routine you may find not only are your wrists less sore afterward that you have had a more even distribution of weight when pushing up (and down), giving you a better workout.
I can't fault the Kettler Push Up Bars for use. They're suitable to use anywhere which is great and they're so convenient for travelling, too. I've used mine on carpeted areas, in the garden on the lawn, on sand, and on laminate flooring. Each time I have had a good result. The rubber floor grips work well and there is no sliding around even on laminate which means you feel confident when working out.
I find that it always leaves me having a good workout especially on the upper back of my arms and my shoulders / upper torso. I haven't found any other uses for them really but for push ups they're great and if your arms are an area you're concentrating on you won't find a simpler, cheaper or more enjoyable exercise than a good old push up.
For the money I really do think they're good quality, look attractive and are versatile in terms of where you can use them.
Obviously if you are going for a multi gym then go for it, but as a stand alone product which is well made, affordable and great at what it does, then I'd say this is ideal. It'd make a great gift too, for example my nephew likes to work out but can't afford a gym membership at university and his room is miniscule. I got him a set of Kettler Push Up Bars and he can use them in his room and keep them under the bed, or take them out onto the lawn on nice days and work out with his mates.
If you're into keep fit but you have limited space, don't want to spend a fortune on something you might not get all that much use out of or if you just want to tone the arms, then I highly recommend the Kettler Push Up Bars and award them 4 stars out of 5 for a good product.
This is a product which reminds be an awful lot of the 'body sculpture body gym' I also own and have reviewed - a product I really like and enjoy exercising with. The Kettler product we have here is almost a dumbed down, less adaptable version of the Sculpture. The Kettler is solely used for the bettering of press ups - an activity which builds up key muscle areas and is often an exercise incorporated into already compounded exercise routines.
This product ultimately solves one problem. Many people thinking of buying one these will say, 'hold on, what problem does this solve? Press ups can be completed without the aid of anything but a floor, and gravity!' - that's true, but anyone who has undertaken the difficult task of completing more than 20 or so press ups in one sitting will know it can strain the wrists quite severely. Complete several sets of reps can cause aching around the wrists, which made me worried about the damage I might be causing myself - something you don't want on your mind when you're trying to better your physique, not destroy it.
The 'Kettler Push Up Bars' solve the aching wrist issue. Your hands don't sit flat on the floor any longer, they grip around the two rubber coated bars which are separably supported on metal framework able to support well over triple the average body weight with ease. What's great about having your hands placed on two supported frames which aren't mounted to the floor is the fact that you can twist them to run the bars away from you or to the side - not only does this enable users to find their most comfortable position, but it allows the user to access different muscles within their work out.
As the two bars are raised from the ground by around 150mm, there is room for any hand to grip. Even gloved hands fit fine, though these are unnecessary with the rubber grips of the product in place. There are also rubber pieces fitted to the legs which sit parallel with the floor they sit, offering maximum stability. The rubber offers grip and increases friction on all floors. The product won't slip on hard floors, and it will stay firmer than ever on carpets and wooden fascias.
For £15.00 I think many people would be impressed with the result they receive when using these Push Up Bars on a regular basis. They are solid, reliable, durable bits of exercise equipment which ultimately perform one task, and solve one issue (the wrist strain-age). Overall I like it and would recommend it with a 5 star flying-colours rating !
I've written a few reviews previously about fitness equipment as I'm a bit of a hoarder when it comes to random gadgets! Typically these items are fads and they get thrown in the attic and forgotten about but not the Kettler Push Up Bars. Between these and my pullup bar I'd say they're my most used pieces of gear.
The archetypical push-up is a staple exercise for the arms, shoulders and chest. All they require is a floor and some elbow grease. The only problem with these exercises is that there is a large proportion of your weight (somewhere in the region of 60%) is focussed on your wrists, which are placed in a flexed position. This can leave your wrists quite sore if you do a lot of pushups (not that a lot of us do that!). Your wrist is in the strongest position when your hand is in a straight line with your forearm.
The Kettler push up bars allow you to keep your wrist in the strongest alignment all the way during your push-ups. While they don't make the exercise any easier they do allow you to keep your wrists happy! The stands themselves are quite well built, using 3/4" steel tubing which is welded properly along all joints. They look quite strong and don't look like they're going to break on me any time soon. As steel would be quite tough on the hands the bars are wrapped in 1cm of solid foam, allowing you to grip the bar properly without leaving a mark in your hand. Some of my foam has flaked off but I think this is more due to me allowing the stands to get wet rather than a problem with the foam. Keep them dry and you should be fine!
Given the current economic climate working out can quickly become a luxury, luckily these stands are available on amazon for £14 delivered. With a couple of DooYoo vouchers you could get yourself a pullup bar and these stands for free!
These are a 5 star item without a doubt. Couple this with a pullup bar and you've got yourself a fine home setup for under £30. Do it.
I originally purchased the Kettler push up bars for my husband as i may have said in previous reviews he was in a bad car accident a few years ago and bed bound for 9 months. After my husband got home from the hospital i was told he would never work again nor would he ever be able to use his arms for any strenuous work however my husband was determined to change this. The Kettler push up bas were purchased online from weightsworld.uk although they don't seem to stock this brand anymore.
Kettler push up bars cost £14.99 from weightsworld and apart from Amazon uk i cant find anyone else who stocks the bars.
Kettlers push up bars come ready built and in a box secured with clear plastic wrap. The packaging is easy to cut through and remove the bars from the box. The instructions in the box show picture diagrams of different ways to use the push up bars these are handy to keep looking over make sure you are using the bars correctly.
Kettler push up bars are made from strong polypropolene making them weigh less than the metal push up bars. These are black in colour, shaped like a semi circle with black stopper grips on the ends. For added comfort the bars have foam wrapped around the tops where hands should be this is red in colour.
Although my husband has been using the bars for two years i started using them in the summer this year when i became paranoid about my bingo wings. I never liked doing push ups and my arms seemed really weak however the Kettler push up bars really help not only to do the push up exercised but so you are in the proper position and not putting strain on wrists or arms.
To use the Kettler push up bars you have to position one at either side of your arms in line with your shoulders so your arms should be straight in line with your shoulders and the push up bars. Having the bars properly set up means no strains and leaves a gap for your head to pass by the bars.
Doing a full body stretch whilst gripping the push up bars and putting all your upper body weight on the bars lower your body and bend your elbows out as you face the ground. I try put the tip of my nose on the floor and push back up.
You have to work with your body and don't push to hard, after 7 months stating at 5 reps a day i can only do 15 now before i feel like im going to nose drive the floor because my arms are falling off.
Kettler push up bars give comfortable grip on the handles , feel sturdy in use yet light enough to move around. I like the fact i can hide the push up bars under the bed and take up no room.
Kettler push up bars can be used for building up the chest, arm and shoulder muscles and improving your core.
My husband did have a long process in the recovery department and used the push up bars as well as other items to help build up his arms are wrists through blood sweat tears and determination he returned to work in june this year. As for my bingo wings they have decreased in size maybe due to exercise and using the push up bars or through the intense diet i was on either way my arms and chest area has been greatly improved. I found the push up bars addictive and easy to use.
I highly recommend Kettler push up bars.
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