Oh my gosh—Leaping Lebert Equalizer bars!
Haha, okay you’re probably wondering what the hell I’m referring to. I mean this was my first reaction when I opened up and put together my first pair of neon pink (yes—I chose that color!) Lebert Equalizer bars. Well, looking past my overly zealous reaction, this is a must-have to your personal home gym.
Lebert Fitness’ Equalizer bars, created by fitness professional Marc Lebert, are used around the world to get bodies in shape. Using your own body weight as resistance, the Equalizer provides the ultimate tool to get an awesome full-body workout in your own home. These multipurpose bars are simple, portable and can be used in many different facets, which include agility and strength training.
The Equalizer comes with a DVD, which has a beginner and intermediate workout. The workout takes place in an open exercise facility with Marc leading you through a circuit of exercises. I found the beginner workout a little too easy, but the intermediate one pushed me a little more. Although very informative, the DVD is more of a walk-through of a workout using the Equalizer Bars than a music-pumping motivational exercise routine.
While working out with the bars, I found that using your own body-weight as resistance has its pros and cons. On one hand, especially if you’re new to exercise, your body weight can be quite challenging. Trust me; inverted rows or anything that defies gravity is not easy! On the other hand, if you’re pretty darn strong (pull-ups are part of your daily routine) then body-weight exercises may not push you enough. Nevertheless, participants can safely push themselves further just by “self-spotting.” To “self-spot” you need to take your twinkle-toes and simply place them accordingly to assist in the weight distribution. That’s not too bad, huh? I promise it’s much better than having to change the weights around every five seconds!
FBG Rating (Out of 5):
Long-Term Likeability: ★★★
Fun Factor: ★★★★
Meets Expectations: ★★★★
Fit Bottomed Line: There are many exercises that can be done with the Lebert Equalizer ($119), and all of them can be found on the Lebert Fitness website. Also, the bars come with a poster of a few main exercises to get you started.
What I truly do find valuable in this product is that this system is a tool that will give you limitless opportunities for a great workout inside and out. Have you ever used the Lebert Equalizer bars? What are some of your favorite exercises? —Raquel