Why Use The Push Up Handle

There is really no other exercise that you can do, except for weight training, that tones and builds the pec and triceps muscles more effectively than do push-ups. Most people resort to doing them on the floor. But there’s a better way to work more of your pecs. The easiest way to do this is get a couple of push up handles. They are also known as push up bars, or push up stands.
For those who don’t know, what the push up handle does is elevate your hands above the ground thereby allowing you to perform a deeper push up. This works the pecs in a greater range of motion and gives you a greater stretch.
Most push up stands are really compact. This means that they are easy to store so they don’t really get in the way like weights do. Most can fit in a suitcase and many people use these when traveling as a way to continue with a push up exercise routine.
While most people think of the push up as primarily a chest exercise, they are also great for core fitness. Working from the push up position there are many variables that allow you to really work your abdominals and hip flexor stabilization muscles.
There are several push up bars you can choose from and they all have their benefits. The harbinger padded handle push up bars were mad popular by the P90X workout program. These push up bars are padded as to prevent a lot of pressure on the palms or hands while doing the exercises. Many people like them because of the padding and also the shape because they do look unique. One big problem that most people have is that you can only do push ups from the “neutral” position and not wide or narrow based push ups due to discomfort on the hands and a feeling of instability.
Then there are the typical push up handles like the Go Fit company sells. These look like the curved pieces of metal that many are familiar with. These are fairly stable but don’t have the padding that the harbinger padded push up handles have. A lot of people like these because they are uncomplicated and familiar.
Then there is the perfect push up handle. These were supposedly designed by a person in the Navy Seals. The perfect push up handles allow your wrists to rotate while you are doing the exercises. This rotational movement takes the stress off your wrists while exercising. What some have said is that they cannot do as many push ups with the perfect push up handles because these units require you to really stabilize your wrists while doing the exercises. The perfect push up handles make it very hard to “cheat”. All the motion is isolated and the instability of the rotational handles require you to really focus on keeping all your muscles working.
If your wrists are weak or have arthritis in your wrists push up handles are for you. Most with arthritis will like any of the push up bars due to the fact that they tend to keep your wrists in a more neutral position and so, they reduce the strain on your wrists.

What makes a push up workout routine great is that they are an excellent upper body workout. It takes up virtually no space in your apartment or home. In fact, a good home gym could be just a pair of push up handles, an exercise ball, and door gym chin up bar like the iron gym.

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