CTV Morning Workout: Lebert Equalizer Bars

We were on CTV Edmonton this morning demonstrating some basic exercises that have been spiced up by using the Lebert Equalizer Bars.  This is a versatile piece of equipment that can increase core engagement and can be added to body weight or free weight exercises to change the difficulty.  We demonstrated three body weight exercises that are quite common but with the Lebert Bars, there is a definite added level of difficulty!  If you don’t have these bars at home or at your gym try going to a park and using the monkey bars.

Try these exercises out and tell us what you think!

1) Body Weight Chest Press: (primary muscles activated: chest, triceps, core)

  • Start this exercise with the bars placed about shoulder width apart
  • Your hands can be placed slightly above the corner of the bars to provide for more stability
  • Stand on your toes and keep your core engaged by tilting your pelvis in towards your sternum


  • Bend at the elbows and slowly bring your body down into a push up
  • Most of your body weight should be resting over your hands but you can vary the difficulty by shifting your body weight more towards your feet
  • Keep your core engaged and stay on your toes the whole time
  • Push through your palms and chest to get back into the start position
  • You can increase the level of difficulty, try keeping one leg off the ground at all times or bringing one kneed up in between the bars when you are in the extended position
  • You can decrease the difficulty by placing your knees on a bench or placing the bars against a wall to increase their stability


2) Vertical Rows: (primary muscles activated: back, biceps, core, glutes and hamstringes)


  • Lie down so that you are in between the two bars
  • Hands should be shoulder width apart and right at chest level
  • Keep your core tight and rest on your heels


  • Bring your shoulder blades together and pull up through your hands
  • keep your core tight and try and stick your chest as far out as possible
  • the difficulty can be increased by raising one leg above the air when doing the exercise


3) Hip Extensions: (Primary muscles exercised: glutes, hamstrings and core)


  • Rest so that your lower back is flat against the floor and your heels are on the bar
  • keep your core tight in this exercise, it may not feel as if it is necessary but when you need a tight core to move your whole body up



  • press down through your heels while flexing your hamstrings and glutes
  • lift your body so that only the top of your back, shoulders and head are resting on the floor
  • you can increase the difficulty by only using one leg at a time
About Chris Tse

I’m a scientist turned owner of Blitz Conditioning, a Fitness Columnist at CBC Radio on Thursdays at 8:20 am, and owner of Tse Social Strategy. Follow me on Twitter or Read my full bio.

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