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I am a teacher, fitness/yoga instructor, runner, celebrity stalker, chocolate lover, embarrassing dancer, wine guzzler, can't-live-without-my-girlfriends kind of girl. I also have a collection of high heels that strongly outweighs my collection of runners. My goal is to find balance in my life through health and exercise- and when I say balance, I mean kicking ass in the gym and enjoying food, wine, family, friends, and basking in celebrity news. Let's eat clean and do some craaahaaayzy workouts together... followed by a glass of wine.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Create Your Own Home Gym- the Lebert Equalizer!

Pin It The Equalizer is one of my FAVOURITE pieces of fitness equipment! Originally designed by Marc Lebert as a way to complete at-home pull ups, it has evolved to be one of the most innovative, versatile pieces of equipment in the fitness world. You can get a full-body cardio and resistance workout using one, two, four, or more of these amazing hunks of metal- and you can SAVE $10 off your purchase! :] (<-- that's an EQ smiley! Discount code below!)

This hurt like a b*tch. 
Cost: $119.99 for two Equalizer Bars (you'll never need to replace these!)

Equalizers and Pinkqualizers! 
Where to buy: Order online here (Fit In Heels peeps, get $10 off your purchase with the discount code LFKL10 - Pink Equalizers now in stock!)

Assembly: This was very easy to assemble! It comes in one box and all the instructions are included. I am not a handy-dandy person, and using the included Allan key, it took me under 10 minutes to set up both. If I hadn't been drinking a glass of wine, it may have been faster.

Why the Equalizers are a superb investment: There are tons and tons of exercises you can do using these bars. Included in your order is a list of exercises you can complete, and I've included several which you can do at home, too! Pulling exercises are excellent strength builders- especially for women- and should be incorporated into any resistance training plan for muscle balance and injury prevention.

Also, you look badass when carrying them. 
Here are some of my favourite exercises to do using the Equalizer :]

Place Equalizers lengthwise with about one EQ bar width between each. Place both hands on one bar and hop over, lifting your knees up and over the bar. Then, pummel your body under the bar and move on to the next bar. Mind over matter for this one! :]

Standing Plank Tricep Dips
Place one hand on each Equalizer, and walk your feet back until you are in a plank postion. keep your core strong by broadening the chest, pulling the belly in and keeping the shoulders away from the ears. Bend your elbows in towards your sides and push yourself up to starting position.

High Knee Plank Run 
Place two to four Equalizers down on the ground, leaving about half an EQ length between each. Complete 3-4 high knees moving in one direction, place the hands on either side of the EQ bar, and jump back into a burpee and back to standing. Continue with 3-4 high knees to the next EQ bar, and complete on burpee.

Chin Up Pulses
Begin with an underhand grip on both EQ- hands in line with the shoulders. Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor. Bring your chest up to the EQ and pulse three times, and straighten the arms to starting position. Keep your hips from resting on the ground. For a higher option, straighten the legs.

Line up two to four Equalizers on the ground. Complete two high knees inside the bar and outside the bar (two in, two out). At the end of the hurdles, complete one star jump and begin the opposite direction. 

Knee Ups
Hands under the shoulders, lift your feet off the ground. Just holding this position will give you a great core workout! Swing your feet forward and then behind you, trying to keep your upper body in an upright position.

Plank Options- Knee to Elbow and Pike
Begin with your hands under your shoulders. Step one foot on top of the upright EQ and hold a strong plank by pulling your core tight, shoulders down, no arch in the back. Follow your knee to your elbow and back to centre. Repeat 10x, and move to Pikes by lifting your hips as high as you can. Repeat 10x.

These are just some examples of how versatile the Equalizer is- I highly recommend it as an excellent tool to incorporate into your fitness program and I especially recommend it for any personal trainers and group fitness instructors to bring to your clients and classes- they will love/hate you for it! 

Have you used the Equalizer Bars before? What is your favourite exercise using it?