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I have used these exact handles for quite a while and I think that whether it is worth it or not depends on what you are looking for.
Basically these are push up handles that allow you to rotate your grip as you do the push up and it allows you to keep your wrist straight.
One of the benefits of the handles is it allows you to keep your wrist straight instead of fully extended backwards. This reduces strain on your wrist which can be a problem if you have poor wrist flexibility, if you have had a previous wrist injury, or if you do exercises that places a lot of stress on the wrist (incline push ups, handstand push ups etc). However, most push up handles has this feature.
Another benefit is it allows you to go through a deeper range of motion than standard push ups, which allows you to train your muscle through a greater range of motion, but again most push up handles have this feature.
What separates this handle from others is that it allows you to rotate the grip while doing the push ups. This can place different emphasis on different muscle groups as you perform the push up, although the difference for push ups is small in my opinion. But at the same time, because of the ability to rotate the handles, it adds a stability component to some exercises such as L-sits, V-sits, planche push ups and handstand push ups. This is good if you want to develop better balance and stability, but can be in the way if you are already having problems with balance and don't want to complicate it further. Also in the plache push ups (an exercise that can place a lot of stress to your wrist and elbows) it enables you to shift your grip as you perform the exercise, greatly reducing the stress on your joints.
The handles are made of plastic, which means they are very light but they do make a cracking noise if you put too mush weight on it (although it hasn't broken yet). It also comes with a small workout and nutrition guide. The guide contains descriptions of basic exercises and some useful advice on nutrition and steps to success. The guide is especially useful for beginners. Also it does have a non slip base which is good to prevent the handle slipping away! The guide does not say how much weight it can hold, however, it can hold my bodyweight of 80kg when doing handstand push ups.
Now if all you want to do is standard push ups and you have no wrist pain/problems then I would say you don't need it at all. Push ups on the floor will do just fine.
But if you do have wrist problems and you see yourself benefiting from rotating handles then this is a must as it is cheap (at £5 to £8) and it is strong enough to hold at least 80kg (I have done handstand push ups on them at a bodyweight of 80kg and it didn't break.)
These push-up pro grips were something I bought myself years ago when I was going through a whole home workout phase but they are something that after initially using often were eventually consigned to the back of the cupboard to only see the light of day when the panic of a beach holiday or inspiration hit to get myself in tip top shape.
I can't remember the exact price that I paid for them but I do remember it wasn't much and I think they were about £4.99 which is probably the reason that I bought them in the first place.
What the push up grips are is a pair of disks with handles on them that you place on the floor and use to do push ups.
As well as placing them on the floor you can also place the disks on walls etc to ot only vary your workout but it is also easier to standing push ups than doing them face down on the floor.
What makes these disks a little different and their main selling point really is that you can actually twist the handles which works out different muscles in your arms, shoulders and chest.
I personally am not overly keen on the twisting aspect as I have found them to twist when I actually didn't want them too which has caused me to feel tightness and pulling in my muscles. I was probably not controlling them enough but to be honest I don't think they should twist quite so easily.
They do make doing push ups a little easier but let's be honest how many push ups are you going to do? This is my basic problem with these push up grips and the reason they hardly ever see the light of day anymore. If I was planning on doing hundreds of push ups then I would definitely use these as they do take the pressure off your wrists and make it a little easier to do a push up BUT I am lucky if I can do 10 push ups so the pressure on my wrists is minimal and it is actually more work to take these from the back of the cupboard than it is to just do some push ups without them.
If you think that you are going to be doing a lot of push ups then by all means buy these grips but for people who are only doing some push ups on a casual basis then I really do think it is easier to just do them without these.
For a while, the thought of setting up a gym membership did cross my mind in order to keep me fit in my later years. But by the time you pack up your gym kit, travel to the gym, park, get changed, exercise, shower, get changed again and go back home, that's a good couple of hours out of your day. Hence, I decided to save my money and buy some fitness bits and pieces for the home, which I can easily use as and when I want to. These push up grips are part of those fitness bits and pieces, and have been in my collection and regularly used by myself for quite a while now.
For years I was doing press ups with my hands flat on the floor, but then started to find in later years that my wrists were straining, and that started to cause me problems in my day to day tasks with various aches and pains. I just happened to mention this issue in discussion with someone at work and they mentioned these Push Up Pro Rotating Push Up Grips that they had been advised to use by some guy in a gym. He highly praised them and said that it did feel a lot more natural doing a push up using these grips than just putting your hands flat on the floor.
Looking around on the web, I found a set on Amazon for £8, although I note that the price has since reduce to around £7.50. What you effectively get are two disks with stout handles fitted to the top of each and the whole assembly feels quite robust and solid. Below each disc is fitted another disk, where the two disks are allowed to rotate over each other, and this is the key part of how these grips work.
In theory, what these rotating push up grips are designed to do is to allow your wrists, arms and shoulders to move more naturally when you are doing a press up. Now a press up is designed to strengthen and tone a number of upper body muscle areas, but primarily your chest, shoulders and arms, and hence it is important that you do the press up correctly in order to target these muscle groups effectively. Where the rotating motion of these grips comes in is allowing you to target those muscle groups more effectively, reducing strain on your joints and muscles whilst achieving maximum benefit from the exercise.
What I also like with using these grips is that my wrist is straight, and straight in line with the grip. When my hand was previously flat on the floor when doing press ups, my wrist was bent back by 90 degrees, which isn't really a natural position to be in. You then apply weight to that arrangement and wonder why you get aches and sprains afterwards. Using the grips allows the whole arrangement to be better aligned and in a more natural position, hence, easing off on any straining movements.
Do they work? When I started to use them, they certainly seemed to be working different muscle groups to those I had previously been working, because I ached in slightly different areas. Initially they do take some getting used to, and I would imagine that many may give up trying very early on. The rotating bit is fairly free to rotate. So balancing yourself on the grips in the first place becomes a bit of a confidence test because the grips may slightly turn as you get yourself in position. As you then lower yourself down, the grips are meant to turn to mimic the natural movement of your arm and wrist. So at the top of the press up, your hands will be 90 degrees different to where they will, or should be, at the bottom of the press up, and that rotating movement during the press up does take a bit of getting used to.
The whole process is meant to mimic the movement of say a boxer, where when the fist is back against the body, the knuckles on the fist are vertically aligned. When the boxer then throws a punch, the arm and shoulder twist slightly so that at the end of the punch, the knuckle line is horizontal. Translate that movement onto these grips when doing a press up, and that is the movement that your arms etc should be doing during the press up when using these rotating grips.
Another point I found with using these grips is that they cause you to slow down when doing the press up. As I said earlier, the movement under your hands can initially seem strange at first, and hence you will/may be a bit cautious to try and do a press up. However, it is a bit of a confidence test, and what I have found is that I have slowed the press up movement down slightly in order to control the rotating motion of the grip. That in turn appears to work my muscles more effectively because I am controlling the speed of going down and coming up again, which seems to give me more benefit from the exercise.
In summary, would I recommend these rotating grips? Yes. They are relatively cheap to purchase, well made and do the job very effectively, but they do take some getting used to. But once you understand the process of what they are trying to do and mimic, and you build up that confidence in them, they are a great addition to your fitness regime at home. Hence, a 5* recommendation.
As well as being a member of the local gym I am a keen fan of exercising at home and recently bought myself these push up pro rotating grips. I paid £9.99 for them and had high hopes they would increase the efficiency of my exercise routine. And they sure have done that!
Basically what you get for your money are two large circular pods with hand grips on the top. Each pod rotates around on the top turning the handles. The bottom is a non sticky base that someone manages to grip onto any surface. The whole device is made from a tough plastic.
First things first, the quality of the goods. The whole thing is well made and solid and I have no issues so far. The only one issue is that the plastic does tend to feel quite weak at times and I have a fear of breaking them but it has held up so far and its probably just the forgivable give that is required in a product that takes so much weight.
From the off it is very easy and natural to use and you wont need to initially look at the instructions. Just fire away. They rotate easily, the grip does not cause discomfort and as long as you have the room they can be used anywhere, and being so small are easy to store and are very portable. They can be used and work on any surface and I am amazed at how they seem to "stick" to carpets as well as laminate without slipping. Quite a special design!
Of course the obvious question you are going to ask in the buying decision for these is why bother buying a product for an exercise you don't need products for. Well the simple matter of fact is that after only a few reps you will answer your own question. This makes the press up much more effective, working more muscles, forcing you to work harder and giving you a better exercise in the same time frame.
Your whole body feels refreshed from doing these, and perhaps some of the other exercises it suggests in the leaflet you get with this, and its well worth the price as the overall impact not only helps your cardio but builds muscle and gets your body toned!
A gem of an invention!
Everyone yearns for a body like David Hasselhoff, but achieving those results is a tricky business. I suffer from having quite a small and nimble frame, I guess a little like a stoat. It has been my aim over the last year to improve my muscular endurance and while I often spread myself on my bedroom floor and attempt press ups, there is only so much one can achieve from this regime...plus it is somewhat tedious.
The Push Up Pro Rotating Grips sound dynamic don't they, but as they only cost about six pounds online, they seemed like a bargain and to me and came recommended by one of my friends who is a gym goer. Inside the box you get two grips and these rest on a flat surface. The idea is to find enough room then use them to lift yourself off the floor. The grips eliminate some of the messy movements involved with press ups and isolate the specific muscles, so you can be sure that the triceps and pecs are getting the attention they deserve.
I like the grips because they help correct posture and improve overall stability during exercise. Since using them, my back has felt better and my tricep muscles have improved in girth. The grips are comfy to hold for long periods and they do not slide all over floors which is great. I use mine on carpet and they work fine on this.
The grips might look basic in appearance, but they really do bring your fitness regime into check and help target the right muscle groups. While using them, you will notice that you have to work harder initially but you will reap good results in the longrun. I am seeing improvements, you just need the drive to use them to start with and then you will be underway. A good buy and ideal for home use.
My dad brought these Push Up Grips home from work a few months ago, he's got an old injury on his shoulder and thought they might help. After a couple of uses though he realised they was making the problem worse so he asked me if I wanted them as I'm working out more at home just lately. I said yes I'd give them a try because they are mainly to work out your upper body, and at the time this was the area I was concentrating on.
They are just 2 disks about the size of my hand with handles on. You put them on the floor and use them for doing push ups, another way to use them is to hold them against the wall and push yourself off the wall using just your hands and arms.
A good thing about these is that they are made from 2 plates which will rotate, this helps you to avoid putting loads of strange pressure on your arms and shoulders and also lets you move in a more natural way as you are exercising.
The Push Up Grips are madly awkward to use to start with, it took me at least 10 uses to feel comfortable with them and even now I've had them a couple of months my hands still feel proper weird when I'm holding them.
I don't think that exercising like this is all that good for me actually. The stress they put on my shoulders in intense and after I've used these as part of my workout they will actually start hurting and usually leave me with a painful burning sensation. I think they are probably more suitable for men who naturally have stronger and broader shoulders, I'm not mad on doing push ups anyway but these just make it too hard to do...... I'm not into that "No Pain No Gain" thing because I think exercise shouldn't actually HURT but this does.
I think they're a brilliant idea though and I know that when I've gone to the gym instead of exercising at home I've seen blokes using these as part of their workout.
For me though they are too hard to get a decent grip on and also make exercising much too painful. The Grips are made very well and look like they will last for ages, the part that rotates is good because the action is smooth and as they move round as you push up on them it will definately stop any excess pressure on your shoulders.
Not recommended..... not for girls like me anyway, I reckon blokes will probably have a better time with them though.
I used to be real good at push ups and as i had slacked for a few years i struggled to do them on my own. I bought the push up pro grips thinking it would help me. Push ups for me is the best form of exercise for strengthen the upper body and for a woman it firms the chest , arms and shoulders all the parts i was unhappy with after loosing weight.
I bought the push up pro grips from sports direct costing £8.99 for the pack of two grips. The set comes with instructions including some of the best moves to do to get results fast, it also states you should see a difference within two months but for me and my partner it was around one months i could see all my saggy skin had been tighten up including the horrid bingo wings.
The grips are pretty simple about the size of a side plate with a handle on each of them. You hold the handles and lower yourself down face first to the floor and push back up, arms only, back should be straight and nearly still. There are other exercise to to with the grips but all explained in the instructions. The handles have the rubber grips underneath and even when using with sweaty hands i still managed to have a good grip.
Buying the push up pro really has helped me it was actually easier to use these than just my hands like before not only that but they helped correct my posture when doing the push ups make me wonder if i was ever doing them right.
I have been using them everyday for around 15-20 push ups however that is a big improvement for me as when i stared using them 5-8 was all i could do before i felt like my arms and shoulders were falling off.
Storing them takes up no room at all fit into the little box and put out the way.
Worked for me and still using them, highly recommended.
The Push-Up Pro rotating grips are designed to enhance a simple workout. Instead of doing basic push-ups, with your hands on the floor, these grips allow you to manoeuvre your hands correctly to get the most out of the workout. The movement targets your muscles more directly, and should improve the exercise and benefits.
My first impression of the grips, which I picked up for £4, was that they appeared fairly cheap and poorly built. I didn't expect much at all for the price, so I wasn't surprised by this. However since using them, I really don't think that this makes much of a difference. As long as the grips rotate smoothly, which they are designed to do, then they will be effective as a workout tool. I generally use them on the 'Normal' level (like a standard push-up), and they stay firmly in position whilst I complete the push-up.
Nonetheless, the price does have its downsides. The cheap build-quality means that the smoothness of the grip rotating gradually depletes, and ultimately becomes rather too loose. This doesn't affect the workout too significantly, but a better quality pair of grips would no doubt have a better motion, and therefore effect. The bases of the grips are designed to stay stuck to the floor, and they normally do. There are occasions though where I find that the grips are slipping. This may be the surface I am using them on.
The set also includes an instruction sheet and a nutrition/workout guide. This is useful for beginners wanting a little bit of advice before the workout, and makes a change from reading the endless online articles.
Overall, these are great for the price you pay. Even if they don't last too long, they still have benefits whilst they are working!
When we first had these Push Up Pro Rotating Push Up Grips they were something that seemed rather simple to look at yet difficult to get the hang of using. It took a little time to get the technique right.
The Push Up Pro Rotating Push Up Grips are a simple set of hand grips that you can use either flat on the floor or even against a wall. They don't cost much to buy, in fact the set we bought was only £7.99 which we thought was rather a good price.
You might think that these won't give you much of an improvement to your workout, but they do, so I feel the £7.99 was money well spent.
The idea of the Push Up Pro Rotating Push Up Grips is that you use them to give yourself a more thorough workout of your arms chest and back muscles. They work you out rather more effectively than plain old push ups alone can, as the grips can rotate when in use and therefore help to work different sets of muscle groups than you would normally be able to target.
The price we paid for these at £7.99 was the cheapest we have seen and when you work out thats around £4 per push up grip, that seems to me to be about what they are worth as a sports enhancement item.
When holding the grips via the handle type fittings, there is slightly less pressure on your wrist joints and the fact that your hands and arms are not limited to a completely static position makes for a better workout.
The Push Up Pro Rotating Push Up Grips set comes boxed with everything you need to know to get you started. You get a nutrition and work out guide which can help you get the best from the set. The 2 push up grips have well shaped handle grips and can be sited safely due to a non slip base they each have.
You do need to persevere with the Push Up Pro Rotating Push Up Grips
to get best results and you cannot expect to see instant tone and muscle definition. As you can rotate the grips you can really target the muscle groups you feel need working on and can even choose to only target certain areas per workout if you really master the technique.
The use of the Push Up Pro Rotating Push Up Grips is something that does take a while to get used to. Its best for beginners to start using the grips against a wall for wall push ups, this allows upper arm strength to increase and can ease you into the proper floor based push ups. The rotating action still works easily when doing the wall based exercises and it s a good way to get used to the rotational feel.
Once happy with your abilities you can move on to a fuller work out and use the half push up position. This is where you do your push ups using your knees to push up from, having your lower legs crossed and bent upwards for more support.
Once you have mastered that you can move on to a full push up. When doing this you can really see an improvement in the position of wrists and hands and its much more comfortable to work out that way.
To sum up the Push Up Pro Rotating Push Up Grips, they may seem a bit odd looking and you may be dubious about what they can do for you. The thing is that when used correctly these can and do give your arms , chest and back muscles a better work out and they also reduce the strain on wrists and hands.
As I have to give the Push Up Pro Rotating Push Up Grips a rating, I feel that 4 stars is about right. They are simply yet well made, they swivel well and also grip the floor or wall enough to give a stable grip when doing the exercises.
They can be bought for as little as £7.99 per set, although we have seen them on sale for more. They do enhance your work out and are worth looking into.
Have you ever been to the amusements and played the air hockey they have there? Well, if you have, then you'll know pretty much what you get with this fitness item. No, you don't get the plastic disc and an air hockey table, but you do get two very similar discs with handles on the top. The difference is that these are used for fitness purposes and not trying to score in a game of air hockey.
I have a couple of accessories that help me do fitness at home. Going to the gym is a good idea every now and then, and I find myself getting less distracted and less lazy if I am out of the home. However, I find it important to be able to do exercise at home. It's generally a lot cheaper, and more flexible if your time is limited. Aside from these, I have handlebars (as I call them), which stand on the floor and I use them for pushups. I also use these for pushups, but I find these require more control, and you can actually teach your muscles to be more specific and controlled with them.
You essentially get two discs with handles on the top, and the idea is to put them on the floor, using the handles to do the pushups. They can turn though, as they are designed to rotate to promote control and not just force, and so you have to exercise a bit of caution and think about the placement of the discs for when you're doing your pushups. I tend to alternate between having them far apart, straight and then next to each other, as well as pushing them away from me and having them nearly under me. I find this gives me a good workout, so long as I don't overdo it.
They have a bit of give in them as well. They're not completely solid, and this allows for a bit more flexibility in what you do. I find it can be quite hard to use them when you first give it a go, but ultimately, once you're used to how they work, they're really easy to use and very beneficial as well. They don't particularly cost too much, coming in at around the £5 mark, and they'll save your wrists from a bit of pain as well. If you think about it, when you do pushups without accessories, unless you use your knuckles in fists, your wrist is bent back at a 90 degree angle, with the pressure going on that joint. With these grips, as long as you remember the rotation, this keeps your wrists straight, and the focus goes to your upper body in general as opposed to straining your wrists.
Do I recommend these? Yes, I do. They're well worth it for such a low price, and they make it so much easier to do pushups, teaching yourself a bit of control while doing them as well. Without them, I probably wouldn't bother doing half the pushups I do at the moment, so for that, they have been a worthwhile investment. Recommended.
Push Up Pro Body Workout Abs Chest Fitness Kit Grips
Ok I don't like to go to the gym. I did it a few years and in the beginning I started very actively with 3 to even 5 times a week but after a year I was lucky if I even made it once a week. I do like working out as it gives me a good feeling and well I like some muscles on my body but I think it's to much hassle to go every time to the gym. Just getting there takes me almost 20 minutes! That's why I work out at home and bought the Push Up Pro Body Workout Abs Chest Fitness Kit Grips. The main reason is because these ones give you a better grip while doing your push up and well they weren't that expensive.
I bought these in order to focus more on toning and strengthens my chest, shoulders and arms. Before I bought them I read that they focus more on certain muscle group and therefore you get a more effective workout. That doesn't mean it will give you an easy workout. Before I did my push ups on the ground and when I got these I found myself having a lot more trouble doing the same amount of push ups. I really see that as a good sign because that means it's actually working!
What I like is that you get a little guide with this product where you can read about how to use them, different levels for a workout and techniques from being a beginner to being an expert. The guide shows you workout movements that you can do and actually gave me a lot of inspiration for my workout. One good advice is to take it easy and not thinking that you are on a high level since the workout is quiet though.
What you get are two handles that rotated which means you have to be careful that you don't slip and it means a lot of control of your muscles. The first time you use you will know what I mean so it's really advised to take it easy. The handles does make use you use your arms and wrist better without damaging them.
I really enjoy working out with these handles and before when I did my push ups on the floor I would get soar wrist which with these handles I don't have anymore. What I also like is that you notice that you are training more effective especially the next morning when your muscles are soar. It's a good feeling and when you think about the price (around 5 pounds) it's definitely worth the money. It really helps you in your workout and allows you to train better.
Being a fitness fantic, a friend of mine got these for me for Christmas. I dont normally do press-ups, so thoguht this would make a nice change, and gave it a go.
The idea of these rotating push up grips is that you can isolate the chest more, and actually work the muscles more intensly, without using other muscles grous to help the move.
Whereas in a normal fixed press up, your wrist position wouldnt change, on these you can twist as you push up, which causes you to work the chest harder, and down the sternum, leading to a fuller chest and arm workout.
One of things I like about these is that they are not over comlicated. They look, and are, simple to use, without having too much added nonsense to them. They come with suggested instructions which are handy.
Having used fix grip push bars before which dont rotate, I can see a advantage in these, however I must also warn two things. Firstly, they are harder than normal press ups, so dont go expecting to be able to do too many to start off with, althougth it does say you will increase your strength gains quicky. Secondly, as they twist, yo do have to be very carfeul of not slipping, and you have to be very confident in your own strength. I wouldnt recommend these at all for a beginner, for those reasons.
The other thing which I find good about these compaired to normal press ups is that you can get down lower than you would be able to with your hands on the floor. This leads to greater muscle fibre recriutment, making sure you work the muscles that little bit harder. No pain no gain afterall!
Overall, I would say these make a good addition to any home workout programme, and for the price, they arent too bad, and these are very strongly made, so why ot give them a go?
I purchased this to help with my training (obvoiusly) after having a set of usual press up brackets. Not expecting too much from these I opened the box to find as pictures of discs with handles that look very simple and unassumming. However the simpest idea are always the best.
Endorsed by Jack Zatorski world record push up champion 2003 the Push up pro rotates on ball berings and once you get the technique right it helps limit pressure on your joints and isolate the muscles you want to work on. With its unique action i have felt it working my chest, shoulders, arms, back and abs in in one go. There is a guide included to show you the technique and general nutrition guide that highlights a simple dietary balance to achieve results. One word of caution, do not get it out the box and start using it to do ordinary pressups. This set isolates the muscles like nothing I have tried before and will take you alittle time to reel off 15-30 pressups at a time. Take time to read the guide and work progressively through the four levels and techniques from beginner (standing pressups against a wall) , intermediate (pressups with knees bent), advanced (normal pressups) and expert (legs on a chair). To avoid any injuries swallow your pride and start from the bottom up. Once you can do 15-30 reps and you don't feel your form slipping move to the next technique. It boasts 10 day prgress, and believe it not i have found this. Don't expect to look like Arnie in 10 days but performance wise you will find yourself getting stronger and more adept. I used to use my standard pressup brackets and do 30+ at a time easily, when I first tried this working up to the standard pressup technique I could barely do 10 full pressups, now i am up in the 20s before lactic acid forces me to stop. Again just don't try too much too soon!
Also be careful that you don't drop these too much, one of my discs has a few ball bearings loose due to a dropping related accident.
~~~ What is it ? ~~~
The Push Up Pro is two small pieces of fitness equipment, designed to maximise the effectiveness of doing push-ups.
Basically what you get is two handles attached to rotating plates, this rotating function allows for the main muscles involved in a push-up (chest, biceps, triceps, shoulders) to get the most effective workout, without damaging your wrist and elbow joints.
You also get basic instructions, which basically just give different positions for doing push-ups:
Beginners: against the wall
Intermediate: knees on the ground
Normal: standard push-up with feet on the ground
Advanced: feet raised i.e. on a chair/bench
~~~ Ease of Use ~~~
The handles rotate fairly easy, but aren't as smooth as I was hoping. One of mine is a lot stickier than the other and I sometimes find myself focusing more on rotating the handles than doing the push-up.
~~~ Effectiveness ~~~
It's hard for me to say how effective these are in terms of increasing my strength, definition of muscle, etc.
This is because I use these along with other things such as free weights and haven't been using them regularly.
The more I used them the easier they became and the more I was able to do, but that's the case with everything, so isn't really a good example of effectiveness.
They are effective at reducing strain on your wrist. When doing normal push-ups on the floor my wrists can become a little sore, but with these that isn't the case.
They are quite sore on the palms of yours hands though, since there is no padding.
~~~ Overall ~~~
I'm fairly pleased with these, since they were under £10 from Amazon.
However, you can buy more chunky expensive ones (£25-ish), which look a lot sturdier. The more expensive ones rotate on metal ball bearings, so I'm sure they would be smoother and I'm thinking about maybe buying those.
I'd recommend these to people who travel a lot and want a cheap easy way to still do some exercise. The Push Up Pro's are light and a decent size for transporting in any size of bag.