Raises your hands from the floor to turn push-ups into an even better work out.
I took a gamble really when I bought these push-up handles because as much as I love to exercise and stay fit they was something that I had never used before but when you think about what the benefits are whilst doing your push-ups and also the fact that they only cost around ten pounds these days they was something I needed/wanted to add to my gym collection. I bought mine from Argos for a fiver about eight years ago and they are still doing a fantastic job although I have needed to add some black tape around the black foam handle as the wear and tear was starting to rub away the foam on the handle.
The handles on the two press-up bars are covered in a nice black comfortable foam that you grip whilst doing the exercises so that you do not feel any dis-comfort whilst holding the handle.
They are very solidly built as you can imagine and will take the weight of a big bloke considering they only cost a me fiver at the time.
They are absolutely outstanding value for money if you are into keeping fit and I would highly recommend you took a punt on these if you want toned and stronger arms, shoulders and chest. They also tone your stomach because of the higher position that you are at when you perform the exercise, so when you get down low on your press-ups it will be hard but you will feel good and look in shape with some regular hard work.
I have owned this set of York Push Up Bars for 3 to 4 years now and have had reasonable use from them. I can blow hot and cold with exercise regimes, and I often come back to these push up bars when I get into the swing of exercise.
The York push up bars are simply designed and constructed. They are basically two compact black metal frames with padded handle grips for stability and safety. The push up bars hold firmly to most surfaces and are designed to work the upper body muscles. The idea is that these push up bars allow you to perform a more natural push up and they take the strain from your wrists as you grip the bars. As you are raised above the floor level you can achieve a better push up allowing you to give yourself a tougher workout! The grips are very comfortable, allowing me to clench my fists tight without the worry of blisters or quickly aching fingers. The grips are also reassuringly very grippy! They offer good support to hold onto even when you have sweaty palms.
Available for around £5 online they are very affordable indeed and I have never had any reason to moan at their quality. For £5 you would usually expect some comprimise or quality issues, but the York push up bars don't come with these usual flaws. The York push up bars are ideal for those looking for a simple way into exercise at home. So affordable and easy to store due to their compact proportions they can be used by adults of any size and are versatile.
The York push up bars are not going to give you an all round workout, but to improve upper body strength they are a decent place to start. A simple and effective workout for your upper body, easy to get hold of online. Why not add the York push up bars to your Amazon wish-list this Christmas, or for when you next cash in some Dooyoo miles?!
I got my York Push up Bars about 8 years ago from Argos. Due to working away a lot I found it difficult to regularly get to the gym to use the resistance machines so for me push ups was an excellent exercise to work my whole upper body. At the time I was not into weightlifting like I am now so wherever I was staying a good long run followed by press ups and sit ups was enough for me to keep trim and work off some of the pies which are hard to resist for the travelling salesman.
The push up bars are small and compact and easily fit into my sports bag which I take away along with my running gear. Anybody who does press ups regularly will know that it does cause stress on your wrists due to the weight you are holding. I would sometimes experience shooting pains going up my wrist and into the forearm when doing normal press ups which as well as being uncomfortable stopped me doing as many press ups as I would have liked.
The push up bars are simple to use just place them however far apart you want depending on the part of the chest or triceps you are trying to target. You then just get into a normal press up positition lifting yourself in the normal way but instead of having your hands on the floor you are gripping the bars. This has two major benefits for me firstly it relieves all of the stress and strain on the wrists. Secondly you get a lot deeper into the chest muscle as you can go down further using the bar and although the press up is no harder it feels as if it is working the area a lot better.
I use these every time I do press ups at home, strangely I have never seen them in any gym I have been too. Defiantly a product I recommend to anybody who feels the stress from normal press ups. They are also very well priced mine came with a home gym kit I bought but you can pick them up for around £5.99.
I enjoy a variety of fitness activities, largely running and walking. In terms of working on specific areas however, I do a fair bit of pilates and sit ups. One area I am weak in however, is push ups. For this reason, and because I am aware of York's excellent reputation, owning as I do a variety of their fitness products, I decided to save my boyfriend's push up bars when he decided to replace them.
The bars are comprised of a pair of sturdy metal bars, joined by a metal arch that is covered by a foam central panel. Just like the York hand grips I also own, the foam is present to minimise discomfort when using the hard bars. It is excellent in that it is malleable, but dense enough to protect your hands from the hard surfaces when you are repeating the push up movement over a fairly lengthy period.
I usually use the bars on a carpeted floor, but due to the presence of the rubber caps on the foundation bars they stay fixed in place when used on a hard floor. I do think they are more effective on textured surfaces however, and for this reason I continue to use them on such.
The bars are designed to minimise the strain on your wrists when performing push ups, and I have noticed a marked change in how my wrists feel having used the bars compared to not using them. It feels odd using the bars to begin with, as they elevate your body to what feels like a much higher position during the push up routine. However, it is well worth pushing past this sensation, as not only do the bars minimise friction against the hands, but also ease the strain in the joints in your arms.
I enjoy using the push up bars, and do so 2 - 4 times a week. I can get an excellent grip on them due to the foam handles, and they are heavy enough and textured enough to remain in place when in use. They do occasionally slip from position when I use them, but they are so effective in other respects I can happily overlook this flaw.
My brother gave me a pair of this push up bars when he bought some new ones. They're a good aid for push ups if you have bad wrists and also provide more movement. I like the York push up bars as it has a fairly wide and sturdy base so it's a lot safer than the narrow ones & they are also reasonably priced.
Push ups are great for improving & maintaining core stability so it's a great exercise that doesn't take long at all. These push bars are very easy to assemble but as I've had no previous bars so I can't really compare them to any others but for me it was very simple & didn't take long. The push up bars consist of two black metal frames that each have a padded hand grip running along the area you hold when performing the exercise. When exercising I didn't have an issues with the grip pads and they didn't leave my skin feeling rough, If you have sweaty hands however then I've heard you can discolour the pads so you might want to wear exercise gloves while using the product.
The bars are a brilliant piece of fitness equipment to work on your upper body and are very cheap!
Push ups are a great exercise for improving your core stability and also for building up your pecs and triceps. I think everyone knows how to do press ups, and if you don't you are best off looking up a video rather than me trying to explain through text alone.
These handles give two main benefits.
1 - They get your hands about 4 inches higher off the floor - this means that you can lower your body further, working out parts of the muscles that you usually can't as you would be resting on the floor. It is lifting through this part of the movement that you will find the hardest, mainly as you won't be used to lifting yourself with your arms so far back.
2 - The mean you can keep your wrists straight. Normally, your wrists will be bent to about 45 degrees which can cause discomfort and doesn't add anything to the effectiveness of the exercise. With these handles you can keep your wrists straight, removing this issue.
To give an indication of how much harder you have to work, when I bought these, I could knock out 40-50 decent press ups (i.e. going quite slow and lowering myself down till my chest hit an apple I placed on the floor - the apple was a substitute for a fist that a training partner would place on the floor to let you know you were dropping low enough). Using these handles, I got to 19 first time around.
I can definitely see a difference in muscle definition after using these for 3/4 times a week for 3 months.
They are easy to construct and dismantle, just using some wing nuts, and can be stored or taken with you without taking up hardly any room.
Overall a very good exercise aid, and at under a tenner, fantastically cheap for the benefits they give.
I have had my York Push-up bars for about 10 years now, and although I can go for a good 6 months without touching them, I have had considerable usage from them, and tend to have short periods of time were I use them regularly.
So, what are they?
They are basically 2 small black metal frames with a padded hand grip which travels across the top of the framework.
The push up bars work as an aid to increase the body's workout whilst performing a press-up. This is done by the user holding onto the grips on the bars which are raised via the stands supporting the grips, meaning that the hands are actually positioned a couple of inches in the air. Due to the elevated hand position, it is possible to then lower the body down below the hand level during each press up, giving the arms and chest a substantial amount of extra work required to then raise the body back to the top position!
Do they work?
YES YES YES is the simple answer. The bars are a very simple and effective way of giving the body a fantastic arm, shoulder, abs and mainly chest (Pecs) workout.
A standard 'on the floor press-up is fairly difficult to do, but a press up using these bars presents a far bigger challenge.
I remember when I first bought them, at a cost of £14.99 (although they are now available for as little as £4.99), and first tried them out when I got them home, I was amazed that I could only do about 20 press-ups with them!! Prior to purchasing these I had always done press-ups on the floor, and used to do reps of 50 at a time, and suddenly I was only able to do 20, which kind of brings home the fact that these bars really do increase the workout achieved when performing a press up.
Another bonus to using these bars is that the strain on the wrists that is associated with a standard press up is eliminated due to the way that the hands hold onto the grip on the framework, instead of being pressed flat against the floor.
The bars are very lightweight, and so are easy to transport around if required. I did take them on holiday once when I was going on an all inclusive holiday abroad, with the mind set being that I would be eating and drinking a lot over the 2 week period, and so at least I would be able to work a little bit of it off by using the press up bars.
As it happened I hardly used them during the holiday, but weighing in at less than a pair of shoes, I hadn't really lost out by taking them.
Although they are lightweight, they are very strong and supportive. I have never found they move about, or slip out of position when performing the exercises, and the foam grip makes the exercise nice and comfortable on the hands.
Overall they are a great addition to my small collection of fitness equipment. They are cheap, easy to use, and give excellent results. Storage is very easy, as they take up hardly any room, and they can be dismantled into 3 separate bars (each), by loosening the wing nuts at the sides, which then enables them to be stored flat.
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When i went to university 2 years ago i didnt particularly want to splash out hundreds of pounds for a gym membership that i wasn't certain that i was going to use. I purchased some freeweights and these press up bars for my room. All you need is enough floor space to be able to get into a press up position.
For £9.99 they are absolutely amazing! When you first open the packaging you notice how incredibly light they are. I wondered if they could even support my weight. They were however, extremely sturdy, never slip on a hard surface and were perfect for a good chest workout. Ive never really been able to build up my chest muscles very effectively and noticably with free weights or weight machines. However, since doing press ups with these every other day for a year and a half now, i have noticed a dramatic change! Coupled with my swimming regime, which i also think is a massively underused way to get a great full body workout, real changes have been noticed by all my friends and family.
Doing normal press-ups with your hands puts excessive and unnecessary strain on your wrists as you put them into a hyperextended position which is very unnatural. Over time, this can cause long term damage. The press up bars put your wrists in a stronger and more comfortable position, diverting the strain to your chest which is the desired muscle group you want to target. They give you a greater range of motion, allowing you to go further away from the ground and taking your chest all the way to the ground. It is important to do them effectively. Assuming the press up position with the bars facing vertically and about shoulder width apart. Then take 2-3 seconds to go down and 1 second back up. This works the muscles to their optimum and if you do 3 sets of 10 thats a good starting block.
When you first start you may not be able to do that many, and you should probably only do them 2 or 3 times a week. If you cannot manage the full press ups or can only do two or three do not worry! Start with easier ones on your knees follwoing the same motion and work your way up to doing the full press ups. Everyone will have to start at a different level so do not worry if you have to begin with easier ones, eventually you will get to the more intense workout. You will also find that you will not be able to do as many as you would without the bars. This is because you are using proper form with the bars which works the chest muscles more. Build up taking it nice and slow initially.
Once you get confident and can do lots and frequently visit youtube as there are some excellent videos about how you can do many different exercises with them to target certain muscles and get the most out of them. Im no weight training guru so id suggest youtube was great for giving me ideas of how to use them effectively. For example there are many different wide arm and closed arm ways to grip the press up bars.
I found that to start with you will notice that when i woke up the next morning your triceps and biceps hurt and not my chest. This is because often peoples triceps and biceps are not as strong as their chest and it takes a week or 2 for them to catch up. Then you will notice the strain on your chest, obviously not pain that you have massively over worked them. Don't ever overstrain your muscles as pulling and ripping muscles is not a good idea! Always stop if you feel as though you have overdone it. Make sure you build up slowly as you will gain the best results without posing massive risks of injury. Doing loads of press ups and achieving massive gains is pointless if after a week you rip muscles and cannot do anymore for a month.
They are perfect for taking on holiday as they are so light and can slip in any suitcase without a problem. I take them away wherever i go and each morning do 3 sets of 10 push ups. Its a great way to keep toned up while on holiday with minimum effort as it works your chest, triceps, biceps and core when done properly and slowly.
It may be advisable to buy some weight lifting gloves as i found that when i first becan using the press up bars i got callus' and some blisters on my hands. They cost £3 or £4 on amazon and well worth it to prevent painful hands.
Overall this is an amazing product! For £9.99 its a tiny price to pay in my opinion for the results i have gained. Well worth a buy as long as you are prepared to properly use them. Visit youtube if you have any concerns. Search "press up bar workouts", and im sure all your questions will be answered and you will get the most out of them like i have.
If you have any quesitons feel free to leave a comment. Hope this has helped and next time your at your local sports shop or online shopping take a closer look, you won't regret it!
These bars are worth their weight in gold, if you want to build solid pecs, one of the best exercises for overall pec development is to push/pull the bodies extremeties or torso through a plain. This way the body senses it is in danger through being naturally unbalanced and so builds the targeted muscle(s) attempting to stabalise the body, as quickly as possible. The area of the body being targeted is developed in super quick time. Hence the use of push up bars pusing the torso through a plain. ENJOY!!! squats for quads, close grip pull ups for biceps, if you could, a hand stand up a wall while lowering/raising yourself for shoulders. You get the picture...Happy training!!
I bought these to help me train for a fitness test I had to do which involved press-ups (or push-ups, whatever you want to call them). You perform normal press-ups but you grip the handles on these stands which raises your hands off the floor about 4 inches or so. This enables you to lower yourself further down (so that your hands are virtually in-line with your shoulders) which means it's more of a workout for all the muscles involved. Another thing these do is take some of the strain off your wrists as they're not in a unnatural 90 degree angle pressed against the floor. I used these everyday and after only a few weeks I had increased the number of press-ups I can do considerably. You can also use them for doing tricep dips, but I still prefer to use something a bit higher. They're very simple to assemble - just 3 parts each and you just bolt them together with wingnuts, and they're very sturdy. At £4.99 they're a bargain too. I'm a great believer in not needing fancy expensive gym machines etc and these prove it. They're small enough to take with you if you travel around lots too. Definitely recommended as part of a daily home work out, especially if you're short on space or don't want a big home gym machine cluttering the place up.