Best Push Up Bars
You would think there’s no way to improve on the most perfect exercise out there, but there is a way to make the push up even better. Traditional pushups are hands down the most complete exercise ever with the entire upper, and some of the lower, body involved in the movement but even the push up has its limitations. To be able to go deeper, relieve joint stress, and increase your movement variations you are going to want a push up bar.
There’s a lot of bars and handles on the market so sorting through all of them may be a little difficult. However, the bars on this list are the best because of their sturdy bases, durable materials like steel and high grade plastics, grip comfort because of width and coated handles, and increased effectiveness in targeting muscles over a traditional push up.
Perfirmer: Core Training Pushup Handles with Wheels
Perfect Pushup V2
Harbinger 373500 Push Up Handles
Bowflex Push Up Handles
Maximum Fitness Gear Power Press Push Up -Complete Push Up Training System
The PerFirmer has ruled this list for a while because quite frankly there’s no better or more innovative product on the market. These handles are a solid combination of metal and plastic that can stand up to some serious punishment. The handles have a wide base and wider than normal comfortable L-shaped grips making it perfect for larger individuals to do their workout without worrying about the handles giving out on them.
What really makes these handles special is they’re dual sided. One side is a flat surface for traditional pushups and the other boasting wheels for everything from ab rolls to body weight flys making this the most effective push up bar available. You can flip between both sides with the press of a button which makes it easy to use these handles for multiple exercises inside your workout.
The Perfect PushUp revolutionized the push up bar with its turn style function involving more muscles in the chest than a traditional push up. Shortly after its introduction almost every fitness company was clamoring to release their own version of this product, but no one could stand up to the original. It’s built mostly out of plastic with a steel ball bearing rotation system yet incredibly durable with a weight capacity of 400 pounds. The handles are made of a spiraled rubber which is soft on the hands, but easy to grip due to the spiral design.
The Harbinger push up handle is a slight variation on the traditional push up handle designed to be as joint friendly as possible. These bars are made from a high quality durable plastic with a wide base to ensure stability and safety during your workout. The wide base and wide handles combined with a comfortable foam grip make these handles easy on hands and joints. They boast rubber non-skid pads on the bottom which combined with the handle’s unique base allows you to do more exercises than a traditional handle would like the iron cross push up for instance.
Bowflex Push Up Handles
If you are looking for a more traditional push up handle, Bowflex has you covered. The body of handle is made from high grade steel that can support up to 300 pounds. The hard steel is covered by durable, sweat resistant foam allowing you to keep a tight, yet comfortable grip. The base is not exceptionally wide, but wide enough to offer a solid base for any kind of push up including off balance and side plank pushups. Though it may not be as flashy as some of the newer push up handles out there, the Bowflex handles do allow you to dip much deeper and target more muscles in the chest, shoulders, and arms.
The Power Press takes the traditional push up bar and makes it better by creating a mat that does the hardest part for you. Instead of having to figure out which position will get the most out of each upper body muscle the Power Press spells it out for you with the mat which has color coded holes letting you know which muscle you’re working.
Its unique peg design makes this by far the sturdiest push up handle because the mat becomes an extra-large base supporting more weight than you’ll be able to throw at it, even with a weight vest on. Though most of the components are plastic, the power press is truly durable and the foam gripped handles are comfortable and non-slip. The Power Press’ only weakness is that unlike other bars, it’s a little bulky. Even when taken apart it’s not as easy to store as a traditional push up handle.
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