Chin-ups, pull-ups and push-ups are considered staples in bodyweight training. When performing bodyweight exercises, the weight of your own body provides the resistance for the movement. Due to the source of resistance being equal with the weight of your body, it forces you to use muscles that aren’t regularly utilized with dumbbells or free weights. This relationship is called relative strength and produces many benefits that you simply can’t get from absolute strength training. Moving, manipulating and pulling your own mass requires the body to recruit stabilizers for balance, concentration for coordination and abdominal muscles for core strength. By incorporating these elements into your routine, you’ll see much quicker results and dramatic increases in your strength to bodyweight ratio.
You don’t need a whole lot of equipment to do chin-ups, pull-ups and push-ups. However, the equipment you choose can mean a world of difference in your routine and your results. Luckily, Sports Authority carries an excellent selection of push-up grips, chin-up bars and multi-purpose workout bars for your home fitness use. What specific exercises are on your workout? For a workout station or multi-purpose bar, there are several great options. The IRON GYM is an extremely versatile workout bar for pull-ups, sit-ups, push-ups and dips and even comes with an instruction book and nutrition guide. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned athlete, the GOFIT® Elevated Chin-Up Station will help advance your training program and take your routine to new heights… literally. This multi-use workout station includes a patent-pending design that elevates you above the doorframe, giving you more clearance and a full range of motion for a better workout.
In addition to pull-up and chin-up bars, Sports Authority carries push-up grips, stands and sliding bars. BODYFIT® by Sports Authority and GOFIT® both offer portable push-up stands that allow for a greater range of motion and hand positioning. THE PERFECT PUSH UP V2 provides another option with padding and slight grooves for comfort. All three selections are a convenient size, so you can bring them along no matter where your workout takes you. The ALTUS® Rip Slide is less portable, but provides a sliding push-up bar for adding dynamic movement to your strength routines. Each workout aid will help maximize a certain aspect of your routine. To find the right equipment for your needs, visit your local Sports Authority, or see our item descriptions online.