If you’re looking for a new addition to your home gym that doesn’t take up a lot of space yet lets you add a variety of new moves to your fitness routine, then check these out. The Lebert Equalizer bars are versatile pieces of equipment that allow you to use body weight to get a great, full-body workout and can be neatly tucked away. Perform 2-3 sets of the following exercises, and 12-15 repetitions per exercise.
Bulgarian Split Squat:
Place your right foot on the bars behind you and balance on your left foot. Bending both knees, slowly lower your body down as low as you can without causing joint discomfort. Keep weight on your left heel and the ball of the foot and be sure that your knee tracks in the same direction as your toes. Avoid placing your weight solely on your toes, if this happens your heel may lift and you may feel pain or pressure on the front of your knee. Stand back up and repeat.
Place your heels on the top of the bars and lift your hips up towards the ceiling and then slowly lower back down. Great for the back of your legs (hamstrings), your glutes, and your lower back. *For added intensity, perform the exercise one leg at a time.
Side Plank with hip adduction:
This is a tough one to challenge your core, shoulders and inner things all in one! Place your left elbow on the floor directly underneath your left shoulder, then place your right foot on top of the bars. Lift your body off the ground into a plank position and then lower and lift the bottom leg with control. If this is too much for you, simply hold a side plank for 20-30 seconds until you feel strong enough to try it again in the future.
Place your hands on the side of the bars just a bit wider than shoulder width apart. Slowly lower yourself down until you feel a stretch through your chest (elbows should be just below a 90 degree angle). To increase intensity, you can put a bar down on the floor and perform your pushups there.
Place the bars side by side slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Lay on the floor face up with your knees bent and then lift your body up. Think of squeezing your shoulder blades together and while your chest wide and shoulders down away from the ears.
Assume a plank position on your knees and hands on the bars. Keeping your elbows forward and down, bend your arms and lower your forehead to the bars, then slowly straighten your arms and push your body back up into a knee-plank position. For added intensity you can perform a dip by placing the bars slightly wider than shoulder width apart and lift your body off the ground while bending your knees and crossing your ankles. Slowly lower body towards the floor until you reach a 90 degree angle in the elbows and push yourself back up.
Originally published: Novemeber 11, 2017
Photography by Bob House
Jacquie Blanchette, Fitness Editor and owner of The Fitness Guild
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Jacquie is a fitness & lifestyle coach who believes that one of life'e greatest joys is movement, and is passionate about enriching people’s lives through strength. After working in the fitness industry for over 15 years she feels fortunate to have found a home for her boutique gym in Rossmore. Jacquie has a BA in Sociology, a diploma in Fitness & Health Promotion and is currently certified in personal training, indoor cycling, fitness kickboxing and kettlebell foundations. Outside of the gym she can be found running/hiking/biking local trails or better yet local wine routes!