What It Is: They look like something you’d hurdle at a high-school track meet, but, at 29 inches high, these cheerfully colorful metal bars offer surprising versatility (a big bonus for home gyms). The Equalizers are good for stretching and strengthening muscles, and even for cardio; see for yourself.
What You Might Not Know: When the creator, Toronto personal trainer Marc Lebert, and his business partner noticed that the two bended bars standing side by side looked like an equal sign (=), the product name was born. As a nice plus, the name works well because of how the bars help you exercise body parts equally.
Feelin’ the Love: When I first saw the original bright yellow Equalizers, I thought they were just for guys. Buff guys. But when I dragged the bars into one of my circuit classes at an all-women’s club, they became a main attraction. I stand corrected. Plus, since then, the Lebert brand has come out with this lovely rose gold color in collaboration with Insta influencer Natalie Jill.
You can lift the Equalizer like you would a dumbbell—they’re eight pounds each—but this product really shines for bodyweight exercises. The Lebert Equalizer is the best option around for doing triceps dips, incline pushups and single-leg exercises. What sold me: How it targets your glutes like no regular squat or lunge can.
If I Could Change One Thing: Storage. Unless you have dedicated square footage for a home gym or a really large closet, you’ll need to be creative about how you store your Equalizers between workouts. I disassemble mine and slide them under the bed, but it’s not ideal.
Should You Get It? If you want a versatile way to work out at home and you’re bored with dumbbells, yes. If you’re a fitness trainer or instructor looking to dazzle clients with something fresh yet effective, yes.
LebertEqualizer.com; $119, set of two.