Last time around on Infomercial Insanity I reviewed the Health Bow, which features bodybuilder/fitness model Clark Bartram as the product’s front man. Needless to say, I didn’t think the gadget was worth your time or money so I hope you heeded my advice!
Today I’m talking about two very popular products from the Perfect Fitness range – the Perfect Pull-Up and Push–Up. While these two products target different muscle groups, the pitch is the same for both. So here goes… are they worth your hard earned cash?
Alden Mills is the inventor of the Perfect Pushup, and was a Navy SEAL who thought he could improve upon the standard pushup’s effectiveness and overcome this exercise’s shortcomings. How you say? Simple, since most people apparently complain that regular old pushups hurt their wrist, Alden’s piece of equipment consists of two cylindrical platforms that rotate 180 degrees and have handles similar to dumbbells. By allowing the discs to rotate, and by also varying the grip, wrist pain is supposedly alleviated and the exercise apparently made more effective.
The Perfect Pushup essentially allows you to change the position of your arms during the movement. Instead of placing your hands in a fixed position on the floor, you grab the handles, position them on the floor and push away! Plus since the handles are elevated a few inches, you can achieve a greater range of motion.
The Perfect Pull-Up has a similar design in that it too has handles that rotate. The equipment installs in any traditional doorway and gives you an instant pull-up station. Obviously, there’s no wrist pain associated with this exercise so why have rotating handles? Well in case you didn’t know, overhanded, neutral, and underhanded grips work different parts of the back, biceps, and other supporting muscle groups (although the product literature claims that traditional pull-ups can strain your joints and that free moving handles alleviates this joint pain).
Both products are sold with exercise guides, and range from $20 for the pushup set, to $40 for the pull-up bar.
The Angry Trainer Says:
I’ve used both of these products in the past so here’s my view.
With regards to the Perfect Pushup, I don’t like it at all. It places an unusual strain on the shoulder joint if you try to rotate the handles during the exercise as shown in the video. Additionally, some people do have some wrist issues, but I just recommend either fist pushups, or using a set of dumbbells placed on the floor. I may also suggest a slightly different hand placement, which usually remedies the problem. Many people have shoulder issues already, and my fear is that by performing this exercise using handles that rotate on ball bearings, they can potentially injure a rotator cuff muscle, or strain the shoulder joint itself.
The Perfect Pull Up is okay – but not revolutionary. After all it’s nothing more than a bar with handles!
In my years as a trainer, I’ve only seen a handful of men and women than can do proper pull-ups. Now this product is expecting the average user to also rotate their wrists during the movement! I’m sorry, but for the average person regular style chins’ are just fine.
The only benefit I can see to this door-jam style pull up bar is that the handles allow you to use, without rotation, a neutral style grip (palms facing each other). But when the handles are attached, due to the added length, a taller person will nearly hit their knees on the floor. So again I don’t think it’s a great choice.
Also my overall impression is that both of these products were made from cheap materials, and looked a bit flimsy. But then again what do you expect from a TV Infomercial?
In this particular case I’d have to say “If It Aint’ Broke, Don’t Fix It”. People have been doing traditional pushups and pull-ups for years without issue. I think they’re perfect just the way they are.
The Angry Trainer says: Not Worth It. Stick With The Originals!