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“Work out Wednesdays” engage middle school students.
It all started back in 2013 at North Smithfield middle school—where, one day a week, the physical education teachers set up a sort of obstacle course for students.
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"It's been really good for the kids to experience different ways of working out so it's not just sport-based," said Mark Labossiere, physical education and health teacher at the middle school.
The gym is converted into a rock climbing, tire-flipping, army crawling obstacle course. The set up is intense, said Labossiere, who says he and fellow physical education teacher, Jeff Crins, begin setting up the night before. Some of the equipment belongs to Crins.
"I like squats,” said Jaclyn Vincent, a seventh grade student.
"For me, push-ups.” Said Grace Lane, another student. “They're really hard but this gives me a chance to work on them."
"Work out Wednesdays is something we feel like all the kids need,” said Crins. “We're competing against video games. They go home and play video games for hours, so our goal in phys ed is to have them move as much as possible. It's getting them moving, have fun, try something different,”
And the students love it.
"It's just the variety of things that we can do,” said Nicholas Carufel, another student.
And they all have their favorites!
"The army crawling,” said Courtney Thatcher. “Because it makes me feel better about myself."
"Probably running stairs, cos I like to run,” said Jamison Jacques. "I like how you could have fun while increasing your physical fitness.”
"I like all the different things we can do and also how we can work at our own pace,” added Jillian Kraus.
"Here it's all about what they can do and getting better,” said Labossiere.
"Every week it changes. We do different formats each week,” said Crins.
An added bonus: Each student wears a heart rate monitor, so they can track how they're doing. Bottom line is this:
"Not every kid is great at sports so this is a really good break from any traditional phys ed class,” said Crins.
Similar classes for the parents are planned at the school.
(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.
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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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Health and exercise pros advise clients to add variety to their workouts all the time—and we do our best to devise programs that meet these expectations. At the same time, however, it’s not uncommon for trainers to select the same pieces of equipment over and over because those tools are most familiar and they know what to do with them. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone and start incorporating some new equipment into your clients’ workouts.
Perhaps there are one or two items on the gym floor where you train that you normally walk past on your way to the dumbbell rack. Or maybe you use certain items occasionally, but not habitually because you don’t know much about them. This article, part one of a two-part series, will help you branch out with strength and conditioning equipment. Learn important technique tips and a short routine you can do on your own or with clients using three popular, but often-underused items: Hyperwear SandBells, battle ropes and Lebert EQualizers.
Expert Trainer: Marc Lebert, personal trainer, creator of the Lebert EQualizer bars and president of Lebert Fitness in Toronto, Ontario
Getting Acquainted: Despite their visual simplicity, the EQualizers provide dozens of variations on most common exercises, and some unique ones, as well.
“Trainers who attend our conference sessions often go in thinking the EQualizers are basically dip bars or hurdles, but they leave knowing the bars can be used for warming up, agility, compound strength moves, stretching and more,” says Lebert.
The bars, which come in a few versions and weigh between 8 and 10 pounds, are designed for body-weight training, but you can also lift them. Depending on what you do with them, the EQualizers render typical exercises either harder (e.g., place the back foot on a bar during lunges) or easier (e.g., lay the bar down to do wrist-friendly, incline push-ups or burpees).
Important Technique Tip: The bars come in a set of two, which you can use together or separately. When pairing them up, always check that you’ve got the spacing right to protect your shoulders. “Make sure the bars are never too far apart,” advises Lebert. A lot of exercises work well with the bars in a “V” position, where the bottom, stabilizing bars (called the feet) touch each other while the other end remains open about 12 inches. Also, when performing any exercise where both feet leave the floor, such as with advanced triceps dips, always place the hands on the foam handgrips in the middle of the bars.
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Warm-up (Total time: Approximately 3 minutes)
This warm-up uses one EQualizer bar in two distinct ways.
1 minute: Lay one bar on its side, using it like an agility ladder as you step laterally from the left side of the bar, into the middle, and out onto the right side of the bar. Repeat the sequence while moving right to left.
30 seconds: Stand with feet hip-width apart and one hand on either side of an EQualizer lifted to shoulder height, palms facing in. Perform a squat and, at the same time, straighten the arms and raise the bar overhead. Stand up, bending the arms and lowering the bar back to shoulder height. Repeat sequence.
Repeat for two rounds total.
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Workout: (Approximately 5-9 minutes)
This push/pull drill is a mix of cardio and strength exercises, and requires both bars. Complete each exercise for 30 seconds, and rest up to 30 seconds between each interval (fitter clients may be able to perform the intervals without resting in between).
Incline Chest Press: With the bars in a “V” position, place hands on the outside curve of the bars and get into a plank position with the legs straight. You should be balancing on your hands and toes as you bend the arms, lowering your body toward the bars in a push-up.
Inverted Rows: With bars in a “V” position, get into a supine pull-up position with feet flat on floor, legs bent to 90 degrees, hips high and hands on foam handgrips. Your head should extend just beyond the narrower end of the bars (the side where the feet touch each other). Pull yourself up toward the bars, keeping head and hips aligned. Pause, then lower to starting position.
Agility Drill: Lay both bars on their sides next to each other with about 20 inches of space between the two bars. Perform the agility drill described in the warm-up, moving laterally across both bars this time and going at a faster pace. Focus on driving the arms and lifting the knees. For more intensity, add a burpee at each end, placing hands on the bar instead of the floor.
Repeat sequence up to three rounds total.
(Original article posted by Oxygen Magazine)
Gone are the days of thinking parallel bars are just for gymnasts. If you’ve never gotten your hands on a pair of bars, it’s time to check them out. These bars are an all-in-one tool for your training needs. Whether your goal is to build strength, carve out your core or increase your agility, you will not be disappointed as your entire body experiences the benefits. We wish we could show you all the awesome exercises that can be practiced with these bars, but for now, let’s get started with an empowering upper-body workout.
Perform the following exercises in a circuit to feel the burn and create a challenging workout!
Equilizer Bar Chest Press
Equilizer Bar Triceps Dip
Equilizer Bar Core Run
Equilizer Bar Inverted Row
Equilizer Bar Bar Push-Up
Place both bars close together. Step back, reach forward and place both hands on the black pad. Lower your chest down to the level of the bars, keeping your arms close to your sides. Then press back up and away from the bars to the starting position.
Place both bars close together. Step in between both bars. Place both hands onto the pad provided and press down into the bars. Step a bit forward and then lower your body with your knees bent to sit at a 90-degree angle. Your body should be slightly in front of your hands that are on the bar. As your hands are on the bar, there should be bend at the elbows. Extend your arms straight up, pushing your body up, but don’t lock out your elbows. Then lower yourself back to the starting position.
Place both Equalizer bars close together. Stand in between both bars. Place each hand on top of the bar on the black padding provided. As you press down with your hand, lift your body up off the ground and hold yourself up in a running position. Then begin to run in a controlled motion, focusing on your core the entire time.
Place both Equalizer bars close together. Step in between the bars and sit on the ground. Reach up with both hands and grab the bars on the pad provided. Stretch your feet out in front of you and lean back. In this position, as you hold onto the bars, begin to lift your upper body up toward the bars. Squeeze and hold and then return to the starting position.
Place one Equalizer bar lying flat on the ground. Come down to the ground on your knees and place both hands on opposite sides of the bar. Press down onto the bar and bring your legs out behind you. Lower your upper body down to the bar, leading with your chest and keeping your arms close to your sides. Then push your body back up and away from the bar.
(Original article published by Perform Better)
Grip strength is a game-changer in OCR. It helps you successfully get through most of the tougher Spartan obstacles like rope climbs, wall climbs, monkey bars, ring to ring, multi-rigs, farmer's carries and more.
Grip strength starts with pulling strength. A strong grip is the first step in improving your Spartan obstacle success rate. One of the best movements we can do to improve grip strength and pulling strength is the body row.
The body row is the sister exercise to the push up, however, it is much less utilized. It incorporates almost all the same muscle groups as the push up. The exception is that the prime movers are the back of the body (posterior chain) as opposed to the front (anterior chain) of the body.
The tool of choice is the Lebert Equalizer. These lovely pieces of stand-alone equipment can be used at home, at your gym or travel with you to where ever you want to get your training in!
What is great about using the Lebert Equalizers (EQ’s) is that you can train multiple protocols, like raw strength, muscular endurance, hanging, time under tension and single arm work!
Most of the attention goes to the Pull Up as the ultimate body weight pulling exercise, which is of course an awesome exercise, but until you are strong enough to do them correctly, the Body Row RAWKS! That being said, even when you are strong enough to do a pull up, single arm EQ Pulls make you just as strong if not stronger!
The basics are pretty straightforward. When you get into your starting position with the Equalizers (EQ), dig your heels into the ground and fire your glutes to keep your hips locked and aligned with your shoulders. Grab the black grips with a firm hold to fire up that grip strength. Keep a neutral spine as you pull yourself off the ground. When you progress to the single arm body rows your body will want to rotate on you. Do your best to keep your shoulders parallel to the floor. Your core will get quite a workout with single arm work! When you try the EQ Muscle Up, now you are adding a rotation into the mix which another great athletic quality to add to your training.
EQ Body Row – Strength, Endurance, Time Under Tension
EQ Chin-up – Strength, Endurance, Time Under Tension, Multiple Grip Options
Single Leg EQ Body Row – Strength, Endurance, Time Under Tension, Increased Core Recruitment
One Arm EQ Body Row – Raw Strength, Time Under Tension, Increased Core Recruitment
Muscle Ups - (follow photo clockwise then reverse it back to starting position) – Raw Strength, Rotational Strength, Endurance, Time Under Tension
Sample Sprint Workout: EQPush/Pull 21-15-9
- 3 rounds. Switch back and forth between each exercise: EQ Body Rows and Push Ups (elevated or on the ground) until specified reps are completed.
- Record for time. Quality before quantity.
- Level: Beginner to advanced
Sample Super Workout: EQ Rotation Station
- 10 min AMRAP – As Many Rounds As Possible. Simply follow the order with prescribed reps.
- Level: Intermediate to advanced
1) EQ Muscle Ups x 8/8
2) EQ Lunges With a Twist x 10/10
3) EQ Mountain Climbers with a Twist 20/20
Sample Beast Workout: EQ BEAST
- Single Arm EQ Pulls and EQ Burpees 10 rounds for time.
- Lay your two EQ’s out spaced appropriately for you to hop between them. When you have you spacing set up, simply stand one EQ up and perform 5 singe arm rows on each arm them lay your EQ down.
- Start on the outside of the two EQ’s with your Burpee.
- Hop laterally hop through (4 hops) until you get to the other side of the two EQ’s where you will perform another Burpee.
- Continue until desired reps are completed.
- Repeat for remain rounds until finished.
- Level: Advanced
So there you have it, the ultimate pulling/grip strength relationship that not only enhances your overall body weight strength but helps you dominate Spartan Obstacles! Add in these sample workouts and get a full body workout specific to the demands of obstacle course racing.
Besides being a Master Trainer for Lebert Fitness, Todd is also a Master Instructor for Spartan Race and a Kettlebell Instructor for StrongFirst. He is a strength and conditioning coach that specializes in spots performance and obstacle course race training. See what Todd is up to by visiting ToddCambio.com.
Marc Lebert, inventor of the Lebert EQualizer®, will be one of the key speakers at FTE 2017. Check out the video below for some of the other great speakers excited to participate!
To read more about FTE 2017, check out the latest PIS Fitness blog post by Ioannis Peratitis: FTE 2017
Prevention has put out a great read on different exercises you can do in order to help your personal pull-up progressions!
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The Lebert Equalizers in Chrome were spotted on Detroit's Local 4 news channel's morning show Live In The D on Wednesday August 3rd 2016. Watch the video below to get fitness expert Jody Trieweiler's impression on the Lebert Equalizers!
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See the Lebert Equalizers® featured in a summer inspired workout on CTV's Canada AM with fitness professional Libby Norris. The Lebert Equalizers® are one of the products shown that feature the unique ability to be portable, light weight and versatile in their use. Making them perfect for workout in the amazing summer weather!
Watch the featured video below, or read the full article here.
The Lebert Equalizers were reviewed by Christy, a stay at home mom who loves all things fitness!
Check out the review here at Christy's blog!
John Sifferman of PhysicalLiving.com reviewed the Lebert Equalizers AND interviewed our co-founder Marc Lebert. His extensive review covers his thought on the product (both pro's and con's), what to expect upon delivery and a detailed comparison of other similar products.
To see why he have the Lebert Equalizers a 5 star rating, check out the full interview here!
John also took the time to conduct an in-depth interview with Marc! If you want to take a listen, click here!