We have previously discussed different types of push ups and their benefits. Push ups can help us to build strong chests, as well as many other muscles. Whilst a push up can be performed anywhere, sometimes they can play havoc with our bodies, especially the wrists.
I have had a wrist injury due to performing push ups in the past. And I can tell you that it was not pleasant. However, push ups have always been, and will always continue to be one of the best development exercises you can do. You just have to ensure you do not neglect the strength of “little” body parts, like the wrists.
This is why it is ideal to start of with either wall pushes, or modified knee push ups. They will not only help you with the technical side of the movement but they will allow you to build your wrist strength. Remember that your wrists are like any other joint or muscle. They need to be strengthened slowly and methodically.
I will help you to choose some equipment that will not only help you to perform push ups at home, but will also aid in making them harder. This is of course once you have mastered the technique. I’m excited about this!
Ray in Blue 9 in 1 Push Up Rack
What an innovation! For those of you that have wrist issues and/or are new to push ups, this rack is an amazing piece of equipment. It is so simple to use. All you have to do is decide which part of the body you want to work with your push ups and then just place the handles in the correct position. Let’s look at what it offers us…
- Great for those with wrist problems
- Premium cushioned non-slip hand grips
- Works multiple muscle groups
- Is labelled so user knows the exact position to place hand grips
- Great for anyone new to push ups
- Colour coded for ease of use
- Can handle 80kg plus.
Whilst researching these, I tried to find cons but they really are a close to perfect piece of kit. You can take them anywhere you go and they save you from having to download clips from you tube. The fact that they are colour coded and show you exactly where to place the hand grips, make this rack one for the advanced, but DEFINITELY one for the newbies.
My Rating: Nothing negative to say about the push up rack. You will find yourself increasing your push up reps in no time with this item.
Winline Push up Handles
These are the classic push up handles that have been around for years. Unfortunately, I have had many pairs that have not fit the bill! It is all to easy to purchase that first pair you find. Luckily for you, I have found the perfect pair. Let’s see what we have…
- Stainless steel tube, for durability
- Strong and wider base with anti-slide design (perfect for most floors)
- Lightweight – ease to store and carry
- Takes the pressure of your wrists
- Takes a weight of up to 200kg.
- Should not be used on laminate and other slippery floors
- Instructions come in Chinese
These push up handles have an impressive design and are made from very durable materials, which means they will last a long time. The 2 cons that we have should definitely be taken with a pinch of salt. For example, you can get around the floor problem by using the carpet, or a non-slip floor.
The instructions are a minor issue. Let’s be honest…most people can use push up bars without an instruction manual. However, if you do require instructions, then I am sure you can contact the manufacturer.
One of the most impressive factors about these handles is the weight that they can bare. Coping with a 200kg load is very impressive. So, as aforementioned this just shows how tough they are.
My Rating: Great classic push up bars. No frills but made from top quality and durable material, that is built to last.
Songmics Steel Push up Bars
If you have are looking for a budget pair of push up bars, then look no further. These bars are quality and at a very low price. They are sturdy and have a non-skid base, which makes them safe to use on any floor. Let’s have a look at the pros and cons…
- Super durable
- Anti-skid and floor friendly
- Great price
- Easy to assemble and store
- Take the pressure off your wrists.
For what you are getting for the price, these push up bars have no cons. You could argue that they take less of a weight load than other options, however, price wise you can not really go wrong with these.
My Rating: A good pair of bars, for a great price. However, if you are over 100kg, then option 1 may suit you better.
Surreal Weighted Vest
Now you may think that this is a strange item to review in the midst of push up bars. However, the reason that I have included this vest is because of its convenience and practicality when you have mastered the bodyweight push up.
Typically, once you are able to complete 30 push ups, you will logically increase your reps but what if you want to keep your reps the same but want to increase the load. You can either strap a weight plate to your back (not recommended), or you can add a weighted vest to your growing home kit! So, I can hear you saying, why do I want a weighted vest? Let’s answer that question…
- Increase strength without having to hold a weight
- One size fits all
- Can also be used for pull ups
- Can be used on the treadmill
- Weight ranges from 5 – 30kg
- Evenly distributed weights
- Easily removable sandbags
- Does not decrease mobility – just like wearing a piece of clothing (just a little heavier).
Now, I can list endless advantages of including this vest in your box of tricks but I think I have given you enough of a reason to feel intrigued by this wonderful piece of kit.
My Rating: Anyone wishing to push their training to the next level will definitely thrive by adding ta weighted vest to their repertoire. It is a Jack of all trades, so to speak, as you can use it across multiple platforms of training.
This product is currently only available in 20kg. If you would like an alternative, please click on this link
As with all my previous reviews, I have carefully researched the items that will give you the best results for a great price. The above equipment will fit into any home workout routine, as they all provide great quality and will aid you in developing your health and fitness.
The Ray in Blue is a great innovative idea. If your goal is to improve your physique via the push up, then add this to your home gym. As it is colour coded and labelled with specific body parts, you are literally shown where to place the handles in order to work those body parts.
The Winline and Songmics push up bars are very similar. The major difference between the 2 is the weight load that they can take. The Winline can take a weight of up to 200kgs. This is why it is slightly more expensive. However, if you weigh less thank this the budget songmics will be for you. Regardless of which one you choose, you will be adding a superior product to your range.
Finally, the Surreal Weighted Vest. A great accessory to use for multiple exercises. Wearing this when you perform push ups, will exponentially increase your muscle growth and strength. A fantastic bit of kit, that you can add and detract weight from. This will be with you for a lifetime.
Enjoy your push ups guys and remember technique first, speed later. Performing push ups with the correct technique will save you from injury and allow you benefit from this great exercise. Adhere to this advice and you will be doing one armed push ups in no time!
Thank you for reading this article. Your feedback, comments and questions are always welcome. I would love to hear from you. I hope that I have given you all the tools you need to perform push ups in the right way. If there is anything you would like to know then please drop a comment below. As always, it has been an absolute pleasure having you hear.