Admittedly, I have an older model of this intuitive device, but that doesn’t really take away from its overall design, so I’m gonna go ahead and do this review anyway if that’s alright with you. It’s not okay? Shut up. It’s okay. Quit playin’.
The Perfect Push Up is supposed to be the convenient and most effective way to do a pushup the right way. The handle grips are rubberized for true grip and the swivel of the top pieces are a lot smoother than I would have expected them to be (zero resistance). In fact, the original design is said to have been designed by a Navy Seal, which gives the piece some street credit, I suppose.
Even though you can perform a great pushup with the device, I fail to see the practical use of the thing. I mean, I bought it for myself, thinking that the rotation of my wrists and the supposed comfort of the grips would make my form so much better. Instead, what I realized was that I was doing a push up with the same awkwardly, un-straight posture but only this time, I struggled to understand the timing of when I was supposed to twist my hands during the exercise. The grips on this original model didn’t help comfort either; in fact, it made it a little more painful, to be quite honest. When my palms are flat on the ground (or of my knuckles are on the ground for that matter), my hands have an evenly distributed weight throughout. However, the grips on the Perfect Push Up force all of the weight to go onto the bottom of the palms, despite the cushion of the rubberized grip.
Don’t get me wrong, despite the cracks of this interesting tool, there are some pretty cool benefits from using it. For one, it really makes you focus on your form. Whenever I use it, I can’t help but try to ensure that I’m using the Perfect Pushup the way it was intended. There’s a lot of thought that goes into rotating the handles, forcing the user to completely be immersed into the exercise. On that point, this equipment makes complete sense. Secondly, it does appear as though pushups are harder to complete when using the Perfect Pushup. Your core muscles in your abs and chest get engaged, you feel the sharp, focused burn in your arms and the body is in line with itself.
All in all, the Perfect Pushup can be a useful piece of equipment that I’d like to try to put more into my rotation. But its just that sometimes in the heat of a workout, I tend to forget where the heck I put the damn things because they’re so portable and small. Hmm… I suppose I should really get to those things – I think they’re feeling lonely
Here’s to dusting them off tonight! Cheers!
3.5 out of 5 stars
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