The push-up handle is one of the very few products in the fitness industry that don’t actually suck. This is quite rare since most of the training equipment is useless garbage backed by whore marketing.
The main benefits of the push-up handles are:
1.Longer range of motion (ROM)
When you perform push-ups on the floor, the range of motion is limited by the ground. Push-up handles allow you to go down a little deeper. The extra range of motion develops strength and active flexibility.
The bodybuilder in you is also going to be happy because the larger ROM stretches the chest a little further and requires a long and more powerful contraction of the pectoral muscles.
Quick tip: You can get the same benefit by performing your push-up on a pair of books of equal height.
2.Less stress on the wrists
The strain on your wrist flexors is reduced significantly since the wrist is not overextended anymore. Many people buy push-up handles for that issue alone. If you are experiencing wrist pain from regular push-up, try the handles.
3.Variety of exercises
Another positive contribution of the push-up handles is that they help a large variety of bodyweight exercises such as L-sits, planches, handstands and more.
How to choose a pair of push-up handles?
1.Make sure that the push-up handles you buy are made of iron. Stay away from plastic unstable handles that may break during your ‘dreamer bulk’.
2.Don’t buy expensive brands just because they are advertised by a steroid addict or personal trainer to the stars who has sold his soul to the devil for an extra cheeseburger.
You can also make a pair of gymnastics parallettes which are essentially long push-up handles, For information on how to construct PVC parallettes, consult this link: http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/13_03_Parallettes.pdf.