(Original review by Two Rep Cave)
I know that the Lebert EQualizer either sounds like a kid you would have stuffed into a locker in high school or the name of the latest Denzel movie, but it is actually a piece of workout equipment that can be quite handy. I needed something that was compact and could be used for a variety of exercises back when I only had about a 175 square foot area in my garage to train in. The Lebert EQualizer served its purpose.
Flashback a Decade Ago
I was a younger man back then with a spring in my step and hair on my head. I had just given up my gym membership along with civilization and bought a house out in the woods close to a lake. The nearest gym was nearly half an hour away from me and I wanted to stay my current size of 230 pounds with a good amount of muscle, so I went about figuring out what to include in my garage gym.
It was a roundabout way of coming across the Lebert EQualizer. I was looked for something that I could do dips with. I tried folding chairs by placing my hands on the back of them and lowering myself down. After one of the chairs collapsed and I nearly suffered a concussion, I thought I better switch tactics.
I came across the Lebert EQualizers online. While the style and colors have changed a bit on it over the years, at the time I purchased these yellow ones for about a hundred dollars.
Those scuffs on top are not from normal use – Ryan had put things on top of them, scratching them up
Allen bolts connecting the top and bottom pieces, and a nice weld on the T connection.
An older unit, as you can see from the label – May 2010. Still in decent shape, considering it’s been thrown around a lot.
Ask Not What You Can Do for the Lebert EQualizer But Ask What the Lebert EQualizer Can Do for You!
I was expecting to just be able to do dips with these things. They are made of solid metal and can probably hold up to being run over by a truck. But as I started searching on YouTube, I started realizing that there were a variety of ways to use this amazingly simple piece of exercise equipment besides just doing dips.
If you don’t enjoy getting down on the floor and doing push-ups or your limited mobility might prevent you from doing so, then you have an alternative with the Lebert EQualizer. There are a few ways you can do push-ups on these. You are really only limited by your creativity.
Have you ever wanted to start practicing on your very own parallel bars in hopes of someday making the Olympics? Well, that time might have passed for you, but the Lebert EQualizer basically gives you parallel bars to use at home. You could definitely work up a routine on these bars without ever having your feet touch the floor. You might want to film this routine and throw it up on YouTube just in case any Olympic trainers are searching for a new protege. If Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube, you can’t be too far behind.
If you don’t have a cable crossover machine in your home gym, and most people don’t, then the Lebert EQualizer could be of assistance in doing back exercises. You can lay down on the floor underneath these things and pull yourself up just like you are doing rows or pull-ups.
I’ve witnessed a few leg exercises with the Lebert EQualizer that I would have never thought of. While a lot of them are just bodyweight exercises, there is nothing wrong with that. You can do lunges with these by having one leg up on the bar and bending your other leg until your knee touches the floor. Or you can do squats by holding one of these above your head and squatting down. These are only about ten pounds or so in weight, so they are not heavy, but they are heavy duty as they are said to support 400 pounds.
You can do front raises and side raises with the Lebert EQualizer. You can also do these with dumbbells, but sometimes just changing it up a little can make the biggest difference. You may also do a military press with these as well.
If nothing else, the Lebert EQualizer is good for improving core strength through the possible exercises you can do with this fitness equipment. Abs are often not a thing that people focus on hardcore at the gym. You seldom see people on the floor doing crunches, but who really wants to sit down on a dirty gym floor anyway as people step around you? The Lebert EQualizer will make abs fun again with the leg raises and swinging exercises that will work your arms and your core.
A Good Addition to Your Home Gym
Unless you are on the tall side, the Lebert EQualizer could be a good inexpensive addition to your home gym. I’m six feet tall and my knees come close to hitting the floor while doing dips. But on the other hand, there are exercises you can do where your height won’t affect your training. [Editor’s Note: Taller lifters should see the 31″ tall XL size] They hardly take up any room at all and can fit easily in a closet or under the bed if you want to jump on these first thing in the morning. The Lebert EQualizer is a simple, yet effective, piece of workout equipment.
(original post by Perform Better)
This workout was designed to be both fun and effective. Having a partner increases accountability and intensity—and bodyweight training engages the core, is highly functional and can be as challenging as you want to make it!
Because Nichelle and I are working together there are limited breaks and a great variety of muscle activation (isotonic, isometric, core activation, balance) and lots of communication.
We had a blast with these partner exercises and I know you will too! Now grab your Lebert EQualizers, your workout partner, and let’s go!
*Perform each exercise for eight to 15 reps*
Works chest, shoulders, triceps and core
With the Lebert EQualizers parallel to each other, place your hands on the outside curve of the bars. On your toes and keeping your back straight, slowly lower until your arms are bent to 90°, pause and press up. Keep your neck straight by looking out slightly in front of you. Hold at the top position and wait for your partner to go!
Regression: place one foot forward.
Progression: single-leg or spider man (knee come to elbow at the bottom of the push up).
Dip partner works shoulders, triceps and hamstrings
The holder works quads, glutes and biceps
With the Lebert EQualizers parallel to each other and standing between them, place your hands on the foam grips. Place your heels in your partner’s hands (one leg at a time) and make sure your shoulders are back and down. Slowly lower until arms are bent at 90°, pause and press up. Your partner is holding an isometric squat and bicep curl. Switch positions with your partner after you complete your reps.
Regression: leg assisted dips with feet on the floor and knees bent. Partner performs jumping jacks.
Progression: pause at the bottom and come up quickly.
Row partner works back, rear delts, biceps and hamstrings
The holder is working quads, glutes and biceps
Place the Lebert EQualizers close to each other with one set of feet touching and open about one foot on the other end. Lie down between them with your head just past the feet that are touching. Grip the foam handles and your partner (holding a static lunge/bicep curl position) will hold your feet (make sure to keep your knees soft). Pull yourself up as high as you can keeping your head and hips in the same line. Pause at the top and slowly lower. Switch positions with your partner after you complete your reps.
Regression: place feet on the floor with knees bent and hips up—then row. Partner cheers you on!
Progression: add a few more reps.
Works quads, glutes and core
Stand in front of the EQualizer and place shoelaces (top of shoe) on foam pad. Take your partner’s hand and slowly lower together until your front knee is at a 90° bend. Pause and come back up.
Regression: have partner assist you and then they go after you.
Progression: There’s lots of options! Add a little hop at the top or add a light push against your partner’s hand for added reactivity, resistance and balance!
Pull-up partner works back, rear delts and hamstrings
Push-up partner works chest, shoulders, triceps and core
Place a single Lebert EQualizer on its side with your hands on the bar in a push-up position. Make sure your shoulders are directly over your hands, with your back straight and your abs tight. Have your partner lie down between a single EQualizer bar with it over their upper chest. Grip the EQualizer (underhand, overhand or staggered grip) and place feet/legs on your partner’s mid back/butt. Pull yourself up as high as you can keeping your head and hips in the same line. Now hold at the top while partner performs a push-up. Switch positions with your partner after you complete your reps.
Regression: perform each exercise individually.
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