One of the most important pieces of equipment you’ll need period! There is not enough I can say about the pull-up to express how important it is to any workout regimen. So, that being the case, please get the pull-up bar that works best of you. I have a dear friend that created his own pull-up station by hanging bars from his rafters. Another friend has a squat rack, and yet another has a dip station, but I don’t have any of those luxuries. So, I went with a pull-up bar you could use with standard door frames (which I assume everyone has in their home). Beachbody sales their own, specially designed, pull-up bar but I found the Iron Gym Xtreme Bar for about half the price and it works perfectly.
- Make sure your door frame is LESS than 36″ or the standard-out-of-the-box bar WILL NOT work.
- Make sure to add some sort of padding between your bar and the door’s frame/trim or you’ll damage the door frame.
P90X chest development is all about push-ups, and if you’d like to get the most out every push-up I would highly recommend getting push-up bars. As I’ve mentioned a number of times on this site, I didn’t believe you could develop a well rounded chest without weights…that is until I did P90X made me a believer…and I believe the push-up stands helped. In reality you could probably use your dumbbells as substitutes for a pair of push-up bars, but the bars give you an extra height that allows you to go deeper into the push-up for a bigger range of motion and much better results. There are a number of reasons you could skip this piece of equipment, but there are just as many reasons to get them (like substituting them in the place of Yoga Blocks and helping with wrist pain).
So, spend the $10 I spent on Gold’s Gym’s Push-Up Bars
and I guarantee more results + less injury than if you skipped out on this piece of equipment.
- This is an inexpensive-cheaply-made product I purchased to start the P90X program. I choose this product mainly because of the price point and because I was not sure whether or not I’d end up using them. Well, I did and then some.
- After a round and a half of P90X and P90X2 with these bars it’s time for a pair a little better made. I’ll update this product review soon, but for the time being – they’ll do the job!