The Lebert Equalizer – Complete Review

Everything you need to know about the Lebert Equalizer Parallel Bars

Lebert Equalizer Review

Note: This is a review of the Lebert Equalizer and Lebert Equalizer XL parallel bars, as pictured above. This is NOT a paid review. I asked Marc Lebert if I could have a set of his bars in exchange for a fair, and HONEST product review (i.e. And of course, I NEVER guarantee a positive review!). Marc happily agreed and actually sent me two sets of his product.

The Lebert Equalizer is a premium set of portable parallel bars that can be used for a variety of different exercises and training goals such as fitness training, strength and conditioning, and athletic performance enhancement. I’ve been using these parallel bars off and on for the past decade, and this past summer, I got two sets of my own to officially review.

The short version of the review: I really like the Lebert Equalizer. I think it’s a great product that is well-worth the money and will serve you well if you do your part. For a set of portable and versatile parallel bars, you can’t do much better than this for the price from what I’ve seen. That said, this doesn’t necessarily mean that these p-bars are right for everyone, which is why I’m writing this review – to help you figure out if the Lebert Equalizer is right for you.

Here’s a video of me training with the Lebert Equalizers this past summer to show you some of the exercises they can be used for.

Training with the Lebert Equalizer Parallel Bars

Lebert Equalizer Review

Before we get to my review, here’s the official product description from the good folks at Lebert Fitness:

“The Lebert Equalizer™ is a simple, portable, yet multi-purpose and versatile piece of strength training equipment that works arms, chest, back and core muscles like no other can, using your own body weight as resistance.  Created by personal trainer and Taekwondo Black Belt, Marc Lebert, the Equalizer™ is now being used by athletes of all levels and ages, in bootcamps, group fitness, sports conditioning classes, martial arts clubs and home gyms everywhere.” – Source.

The Lebert Equalizer is probably the most popular set of portable parallel bars out there, and for good reason. They are a compact, versatile training tool that can be used for a lot of different purposes (e.g. fat loss, muscle building, athletic conditioning, etc.). They are particularly useful for upper body strength training (e.g. dips, rows, hand balances, etc.), core training (e.g. knee and leg raises, l-sits, etc.), and certain agility exercises (e.g. jumps, shuffles, etc.).

From basic calisthenics to more advanced bodyweight training and gymnastics moves, these p-bars can be used for a lot. There are dozens of rudimentary exercises that can be performed with the Equalizers, and hundreds more if you use your imagination (note: there are many ideas on the Lebert Fitness Youtube Channel). You can use the Lebert Equalizer for straight sets, supersets, circuit sets, drop sets, pyramid training, grease-the-groove training, high intensity interval training (HIIT), high-density training, escalated-density training, combo training, hybrid training, flows, movement-skill training, endurance training, strength-endurance training, and much more. You see, the Lebert Equalizer is just a tool, and you get to decide how you’ll use it based on your goals.

Now, before we get to the pros and cons, here’s a video review where I cover the most important points about this product.

SHORT VERSION: Lebert Equalizer Review (Quick Summary)

LONG VERSION: In-depth Review of the Lebert Equalizer Parallel Bars

What you get when you buy a Lebert Equalizer set

When you buy a set of Lebert Equalizers (assuming you get them from Lebert Fitness. I can’t say for 3rd party companies), you’ll receive a pair of parallel bars, disassembled (assembly instructions and an allen wrench are also included – took me about 5 minutes to put each one together). It will also come with a poster that has a list of exercise photos and descriptions and a workout DVD that will teach you proper technique for some of the basic exercises. I didn’t find these educational resources to be super-helpful, myself. But if you’re a beginner, you’ll have some ideas on how to get started from the get-go. And besides, there’s a lot more information available online for free.

Lebert Equalizer Review - what's inside the box

Lebert Equalizer PROS – What I Like About Them

1. They are a, simple versatile and effective training tool – You can do a ton of different exercises with the Lebert Equalizers – upper body, lower body, core, agility, and stretching. There are way more possibilities than I showed in my compilation video. And the exercises span in difficulty from beginner-level calisthenics to really advanced bodyweight exercises, too. So, you’ll have a lot of options available to you regardless of your skill or fitness level. Plus, most of the exercises you’ll be doing with them are really effective for common fitness goals like fat loss, muscle gain, and strength training, among others.

Question: can the Lebert Equalizer REALLY be used to train your legs? Yes, absolutely. The Equalizer is primarily an upper body strength training tool, but there are a lot of different squat and lunge variations among others that you can perform with them, too. Now, is it the best tool for training your legs? Absolutely not! Are there better tools for training your legs? Yes. But you can absolutely use the EQ to train your whole body – legs included.

2. High quality construction, outstanding grips, and just the right height – These things are built very well. I noticed that right out of the box. They’re rugged, durable, and they will last a long time. If you take care of them, I suspect that they’ll serve you well for a lifetime. They are also just the right height to maximize the number of exercises you can do with them. If they were much taller or shorter (e.g. parallettes), you wouldn’t be able to perform as many exercises with them. I found the height of the XL model to be just right for me. They also have one of the best grips I’ve ever used on a set of p-bars. The bars are thick enough for a solid grip (not skinny and uncomfortable like some other bars I’ve used). And the foam pads are high density foam that will last a long time before showing any wear.

3. They are lightweight and portable – They can be stacked together and tucked away in the corner of a home gym or closet. Or, they can be easily transported elsewhere around your home or even in your car if you’d like to bring them to the gym or park.

4. Short learning curve and easy to adjust the difficulty level of the exercises – Most of the exercises you’ll perform with the Lebert Equalizer are very easy to learn – even some of the more advanced ones. Plus, you can adjust most of the exercises slightly and “self-spot” yourself when a particular move is too easy or too hard to match it to your skill and conditioning level.

5. They are fun to use – This is why they’re so popular in boot camp workouts around the world. They offer a unique challenge and a lot of variety that will keep you interested and stave off boredom.

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Marc Lebert – the creator of the Lebert Equalizer

6. They have a really good reputation – These things have been around for a long time. They can be found in many gyms across the world and thousands of personal trainers and group fitness instructors use them in their programs. It also has hundreds of reviews on with a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, and the only real concerns I saw in the reviews were tippiness (see CONS section below for more info) and not being tall enough for some people, which is why I recommend the XL model because it’s three inches taller (see below for dimensions). Otherwise, most of the comments were very positive, which is reflected in the high rating.

7. Great company, fast shipping, and a good warranty – All of my dealings with Marc and his team at Lebert Fitness have been very positive. Marc is also a great guy who walks the talk. His team has been very kind, professional, and timely, and they’ve offered great customer service so far. The Equalizers were packaged well and shipped fast. And they offer a 1 year warranty.

8. Reasonable price and outstanding value – I mentioned in my video review that the price was a downside, and I would have said the same thing here until I looked up some other parallel bars for sale online. And let me tell you, these things are a bargain compared to the other ones I found. In fact, most of the parallel bars I found on were in the $175-600 range (and parallettes were mostly in the $50-100 range). Since the Lebert Equalizer is a premium set of parallel bars that’s priced around $100, they’re a steal for how much value they provide.

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Lebert Equalizer CONS

1. They can be tippy if you don’t use them correctly – I had zero issues with the Equalizers tipping while I was training on flat, level surfaces. However, I did notice a tendency for them to tip slightly while I was training on the bumpy ground in my backyard. This can be mitigated by attaching the two Equalizers together at the support bars (i.e. the bars at the base) with either a pipe or dowel rod. Or, I suppose you could lay some heavy objects over the supports (e.g. sandbags).

Of course, the best way to avoid this issue would be to always perform exercises with good technique (i.e. smoothly and under control), which will avoid 99% of all problems. Needless to say, this might not be the best tool if you’re planning on doing clapping handstand pushups on bumpy terrain. But for those of us who aren’t planning on doing highly advanced circus moves, we’ll be just fine. And I should reiterate that this wasn’t a major issue for me at all. They’re just not as stable as some other p-bars I’ve used at gyms and playgrounds, for obvious reasons!

2. More expensive than a homemade DIY version – If you are the do-it-yourself type, you could certainly save yourself a little money by building your own set of parallel bars. There are many plans available online using PVC pipes and other supplies you can get at your local hardware store. For me, I’d rather invest in a quality tool that I know will last and won’t fail on me. The last thing I want to be worrying about when I’m upside down, repping out, or loaded up with a weight vest is that my equipment might malfunction. Plus, I know that the Lebert Equalizer will last a lot longer than any set built with PVC pipes or similar. This is one case where I ascribe to the idea of “buy once, cry once.” But if you want to save a little bit of money, all the power to you. I hope it works out!

Lebert Equalizer Benefits: what kind of results can you expect to receive from using them?

Since the Lebert Equalizer is primarily a fitness training and strength and conditioning tool, you can expect to receive the following benefits from using it:

  • Fat Loss
  • Lean muscle gain all throughout your upper body
  • Improved upper body and core strength
  • Improved grip strength
  • More endurance, power, agility, and other conditioning attributes
  • Athletic performance enhancement

In other words, you’ll be looking better, feeling better, and performing better. Those are the main benefits. Obviously, all of the other benefits of exercise will also come along with regular use of the Equalizers: more energy, stronger bones, improved heart health, better cardio-respiratory function, and a stronger metabolism, among others. But you probably don’t care about those things, right?

John’s Overall Product Rating

After considering all of the PROS and CONS, and given the outstanding quality, professionalism, and value of this product, I’d give the Lebert Equalizer 5 out of 5 stars.

lebert equalizer review - 5 stars

The Lebert Equalizer VS Other Similar Tools

So, now you know why I really like the Lebert Equalizer. Let me share with you some specific reasons why I like it more than some other parallel bars…

Parallettes – I really like parallettes, and I think they’re a great tool for certain exercises, especially hand balances. Being lower to the ground certainly has some advantages, but the height does greatly narrow the exercise selection. You’ll be able to do a lot more exercises with the Lebert Equalizers simply because they are taller.

Gymnastics-style parallel bars – These are another great tool, but they tend to be heavy, bulky, or fixed in place. So, they aren’t as compact or portable as the Lebert Equalizer is, and thus, you can’t take them with you anywhere. They also tend to be much more expensive – generally falling in the hundreds of dollars range.

Homemade (i.e. DIY) versions – As I said before, I’m all for saving money and doing things yourself. However, for me, a homemade tool is too risky to the user and their surroundings. If the equipment fails, there’s a greater chance of injury in the form of a torn, strained, or pulled muscle, or worse. I’d rather invest in a quality product that I can use confidently, especially when I’m hanging upside down.

With the Lebert Equalizer, you get a compact, versatile, safe and high-value tool that will last and won’t break the bank. That’s why I recommend you invest in an authentic Lebert Equalizer.

Who is the Lebert Equalizer best-suited for?

I think that there are two types of people who would really love the Lebert Equalizer.

  1. If you are a fitness enthusiast who trains at home and you like high quality equipment that will last (i.e. durable), won’t take up much space (i.e. compact), and will offer you a lot of different training options (i.e. versatile), then you’ll probably love the Lebert Equalizer. These bars fit right in with my kettlebells, clubbells, resistance bands, and barbells, among other tools.
  2. If you’re a fitness professional, and/or you own a gym or training studio, and want to offer something unique, fun, and challenging for your clients to keep them engaged and motivated, you’ll probably love the Lebert Equalizer, too.

So, if that’s you and you’re looking for a high quality set of portable parallel bars, I highly recommend investing in a set of Lebert Equalizers.

Which Model Should I Choose?

There are basically two models available, the original model and the taller XL model, and each one comes in different colors.

lebert equalizer review - black xl model vs original yellow, lime, and pink models

Here are the Lebert Equalizer Dimensions:

a) Original model (i.e. in yellow, lime green, pink) – Each bar weighs about 8 pounds and is roughly 28″ high x 25″ long x 16″ wide (i.e. the two support bars) with a 400 pound weight capacity.

b) XL model (i.e. in black, chrome) – Each bar weighs about 8 pounds and is roughly 31″ tall x 25″ long x 18″ wide (i.e. the two support bars) with a 400 pound weight capacity.

Most people will probably want the XL model, myself included, because it’s three inches taller – making it a better option for all but the vertically challenged. With the XL model, you’ll be able to descend a little deeper into your parallel bar dips, and get lower in your bodyweight rows, among other things. Plus, there is a slightly wider support base (i.e. the feet are 2″ wider), making them a little bit more stable than the original models. So, I think that most people will be better-served by one of the XL models.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that this is a great tool at a great price. And I think that if you invest in them – and use them – you won’t regret spending the money at all. They will serve you well. Check out the link below for more information about the Lebert Equalizer.

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lebert equalizer review - lime green model

Before I wrap things up, I’d like to extend a big thank you to Marc Lebert and his team at Lebert Fitness. I really appreciate the opportunity to review your equipment, along with your enthusiasm, professionalism, and helpfulness throughout the process. I admire a company that stands behind it’s product, and I hope this review does your Equalizer justice! Thank you.

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Learn how to use your new Parallel Bars from the best: If you decide to invest in a set of Lebert Equalizers, and you want to learn how to use them safely and effectively, check out the Parallettes 1 and Parallettes 2 programs from GMB Fitness. They are both outstanding training programs for the parallel bars!

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Note: This Lebert Equalizer review reflects product research and testing done during the dates of June 2015 to September 2015. The author also occasionally used the product throughout the decade prior.

104 Responses

  1. Love to get one of these have diy but like you said having something built professionally is better and safer.

  2. Thanks so much for the review. These bars are not just a fad but a worthwhile investment in one’s fitness.

  3. This is quite a versatile tool. Very exciting.

  4. Amazing review!

  5. Andrew Phillips

    Great write-up and detail. I bought my Stamina PT1690 pullup tower based on your video review of it. Thanks for the work you do in bringing out the information. I’d like to try these someday.

  6. Great review. I like the variety of exercises that one can bring to their training regimen.

  7. John Walker

    I have the XL Equalizer and it “Rocks”
    One of the best bits of kit I own!!!

  8. John — I love your site and your reviews. What’s the hardest exercise you’ve done on the Equalizer and what makes it so hard?

    • Hey Sol, I’m not an advanced calisthenics athlete. So, I’d probably have to say that it was the opening sequence of my training compilation video (i.e. the “flow” at the beginning). And in particular, those lateral transitions from one side elbow lever to the other are pretty tough.

  9. Michael Robards

    Interesting! I have a friend who uses parallettes and swears by them! I would love to win these and give the workouts a try!

  10. You always give the best reviews on the internet. I’ve had my eye on these babies for years since I’m a fan of Frank Medrano. Plus I own P1 and P2 from GMB.

    • They are both great programs – everything from GMB is, really. And Frank is a mutant!

  11. Ed Anderson

    Thanks John for the great info! I’m older, 59, most of my exercising comes from pull ups, pushups, and dips. These dip bars look like they would be a great addition/replacement…You should see what I’m currently using…! Thanks again!

    • Haha, believe me, Ed – I’ve used some weird stuff as exercise equipment. No shame.

  12. Great review of the product. In the past I’ve used a pair of diy parallettes but they were too short for me to use. Now I know these are on the market I’m considering purchasing these, or perhaps win a set ;-)

  13. Tyler bergin

    Awesome review, been following your work for years. I’m glad your still putting out amazing content

  14. Hi John,

    I enjoyed your article and am impressed with the Lebert bars however, I currently live and work onboard the International Space Station and while bodyweight exercises are my workout of choice the problem up here is the anti-gravity situation which, as I’m sure you’ve realised, makes the effort a moot point – how best should I utilise the product on offer and more importantly how would I get them delivered?

    Serious question


    • This might be the best comment I’ve ever received. I’d recommend waiting until you get back to Earth :-)

  15. These look like awesome. I got through the summer in the northeast with no equipment except a weight vest and would love a set of these for upper/core work especially in the winter. No more gyms for this girl :)

  16. Thanks for the review. I love the full size parallel bars at the park and have wanted to try the smaller home version for a while, but I didn’t know where to start. You have answered that question and more! Thank you so much.

  17. One more question – how do you like the black and yellow dip station/pull up station on the right side of the screen in the review? What brand is it? I’m looking for a new one. It would be great if you could review some affordable home stand-alone pull up stations one day. Thanks again.

    • One more question – Is the height on either model adjustable at all? I’m thinking about whether multiple people in the family can use the same model. Thanks again!

    • Hi Miriam,

      The Equalizers are not adjustable for height, but my wife who is 8″ shorter than I am, can use it just fine.

      That pull-up station is the Stamina PT1690 – a good option for an affordable pull-up/dip tower. I posted a review of it here:

  18. I’ve been eyeballing these for a while now and have a serious case of the wants!

  19. I would love some equalizers. Question: Where exactly do you store yours? It seems like you would still need a decent amount of space to store them.

    • All of my exercise equipment is up against a wall on my 3-season porch. So, I just keep them off to the side in my home gym. They take up a little less space than an exercise ball would – a very skinny exercise ball!

  20. my number one question is can i have that please I would like to get crazy functionally fit like you

  21. great review . . .I love the versatility of this product . . thank you!

  22. Another really informative and usefull review, thanks John.

  23. I am totally in for a set of these. Count me in!!

  24. Thanks for the review John. They look awesome. I did see on the product website that they do make “Big Boy T-bars” which add the 3″ height I imagine to the regular model to make it an equivalent height of the XL’s. My question though, how do you think using bands as an assist method for those of us just starting out would work with these? I guess I’d have to attach/brace the two together as you recommended for the bumpy surfaces, but not sure if it would be stable enough to do that even then.

  25. Would love to replace my homemade PVC parallettes with these!

  26. Would love to get one of these. Stairs aren’t doing the trick for me anymore and buying equipments is only possible on my birthdays. These equalizers would be great and I look forward to working out at home with limited space.

  27. I miss my gymnastic days. I can see using these and feeling like I’ve got some of that time back again.

  28. I have been thinking about doing a DYI version of these for a while now but these look really great! Your training video is super inspiring too! So, yeah, now I need them for sure! :)

  29. BenjaminG

    I have been seeing them around a few clubs lately. Several people that I seen using them were very limited or clueless about how to work out with them. Watching your video opened my eyes to a whole new level of bodyweight training. Thanks for your great posts.

  30. I was just wondering how durable these bars were? Do they break and if so how long do they last?

    • I can’t tell you how long they’ll last since I’ve only had mine for the last several months, but they’re made of heavy-duty steel. So, I expect that they’ll last as long as I take care of them – maybe even outlast me.

  31. Looks simple but does what expected, it’s in line with the ”kiss” princyple (Keep It Super Simpel)
    They colors are really nice, great invention.

  32. Great review, John! I’ve put to use many of the tips you’ve provided in The Pull-up Solution Email Newsletter. These parallel bars would really be a great piece of equipment to complement my pull-up bar at home!

  33. Timothy James

    Awesome review John…as always. I’ve searching for this locally for quite some time now but to no avail. Hoping to get hold of one if you’d be kind enough to give it to me… ;)

  34. Solid review. I have a home made set a of parallettes and would like the opportunity to try the Lebert Equalizer.
    Do you have any experience in dealing with Lebert on a product warranty issue?

    • I don’t, Matt. But as I said in my review, all of my dealings with them have been great. So, I assume that they’d honor their warranty and go the extra mile to make sure their customers are completely satisfied.

  35. Yeah safe to say is like this, thanks good review

  36. David Baker

    Your view was very objective and informative. After abandoning years of injury plagued weight lifting about 2 years ago, I’ve focused only bodyweight training and am in great shape at 41 years of age. This piece of equipment looks to be a great addition for anyone who focuses on body weight training.

  37. Great fitness tool!

  38. Great review, some creative exercise options for sure. I love the portability potential, especially for travelling. Cheers.

  39. These look very useful, I had a stroke about a year ago and have had some difficulty learning to walk again and get my balance back. I admit that it hasn’t been easy, I struggle everyday. I use a hemi walker, I’m 63 yrs. old and receiving social security disability, which barely buys food and pays rent. I use to be very physical but my Faith keeps me going and I accept my position and realize I will get better if I don’t give up. Thanks

  40. Those look awesome. I love working out at home and these would be a nice addition!

  41. Love the comment from the International Space Station – you may have a small audience, but evidently your reach is galactic! We’re also rapt and appreciative. I know the giveaway is for one “lucky” reader, but the best luck I’ve had was finding your site a few years ago and the will to put in consistent hard work. Give me Liebert or give me … hmmm. Gotta think of a positive ending for that!

  42. An elegant, at-home solution for dips! I want some.

  43. Tyler Gile

    These would be aweosme to have! I have a set I made out of some spare would I found lying around, and they do the trick, but these right here, a thing of beauty.

  44. My trainer has us use this during out workouts…they are awesome for dips, push-ups and rows!

  45. By the way John…meant to tell you that I made my 5 pull-ups before my 45th bday in June! I’m up to 8 now and shooting for 10 by the end of the year. Thanks for all your tips!

    • You did it! And just think, you were hoping to get your FIRST pull-up by your birthday…but you did FIVE, and now eight. Congrats, Tracie!

  46. Nice review. Really nice product. It would be nice if I win one.

  47. Jason Niziol

    Thanks for the review John! I definitely will be investing in a pair if I don’t/can’t win. While I’m here, I like to let you know I’ve used your tips for pull ups and they have helped me tremendously. Your video showing how to keep my shoulder blades down at the bottom of the pull up and to not flare my elbows out was a big help to me. My shoulders are very thankful!! I am pretty bummed that being Canadian excludes me from winning:(. How about I pay for shipping if I win?? Cheers.

  48. Taylor Turney

    Been training in parkour and basic bodyweight movements, but I would love to get into some more advanced bodyweight calisthinetics! This sounds like an awesome training tool.
    Great review!

  49. It looks like my comment wasn’t posted.If it takes a while, please delete the first one. Thanks.

    Thank you John for the great review. I was playing with the thought of getting a pair of those for a while now. After reading this I have to put thoughts into action!

  50. I’ve just got into calisthenics and these would be perfect. I live in a mobile home so can’t fit a pull up bar. I could do body weight rows with these

  51. Recently saw people using these on YouTube doing calisthenics routines. They look very well built and would love to own a set of my own. Thanks for the review John!

  52. Love it awesome things

  53. These look pretty sturdy & awesome! And as the cold days are approaching, the outside workout parks won’t be an option. I would love to have these at home! :)

  54. Wow! This is exactly what I am looking for! Because this season I will be working in a ski resort and there won´t be any workout park or a gym where I could go to, so this would totally solve my problem!

  55. Jeanne L.

    Love the EQs. Have had a pair for about 1.5 years and use it primarily for bodyweight exercises. Also created a “soccer ball drill” for agility and stamina – They are sturdy and versatile. I would love a second pair as my son and I sometimes workout together and, being the kid, he gets first dibs.

  56. I love fun and functional equipment. If I am lucky enough to be drawn as a winner, I will capitalize on the portability factor and take my workouts outside whenever possible. Thanks for the review and your blog.

  57. Another great tool for keeping/staying in shape.

  58. Looks like you have gotten very creative with your uses of them. Makes it look like fun. I doubt I have the shoulder stability to pull off some of those moves though. Maybe that’s why I need them!

    • They are definitely a great tool for developing shoulder stability in many ranges of motion.

  59. Laurie Chandler

    What is not to love! Such great multitasking exercise equipment… I look forward to getting my hands around one :)

  60. Paul Devine

    Great review of a very interesting product.
    (if I won the draw, I’d donate the prize to William who is inspirational) Cheers, Paul

  61. Eddie Stephens

    Look like a good product. Would like to work on my scapulae with them.

  62. David Denis

    Well, now that I have a pullup bar installed, I need to start plotting my next tool for total world domination. Perhaps these will be just the thing I need to complete my nefarious plans.

    Winter is coming and I’m clearing space in my garage. ;-)

  63. How would an aging beginner best learn to use these?

    • I’d recommend viewing the accompanying DVD as a start, but also check out Marc Lebert’s Youtube Channel, which has some great tips. I also know a guy who does extremely thorough exercise how-to tutorials. Goes by the name of “John Sifferman” ’round here. Plenty of exercise instruction articles and videos in his website archives.

  64. Hello Mr. Shifferman,

    I do not have the Lebert Equalizer Bars, but from the description and photos of this device, it appears that I would be able to strengthen my shoulders, chest, hand grip, etc.

    I will probably save money to purchase a pair in the future. I am a senior citizen with some health issues (fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other issues).

    Hopefully I could win a pair of the Lebert Equalizer.

    Thank You.


  65. OK John, I’ll bite.. love a pair. Since I have not yet used them I can not comment and have your word to go on.. which actually I trust more than near anyone in the industry. That being said I’m wondering if this will enable me to enter a “Parallel” Universe of training? ;-)

  66. Elaine sorensen

    Great write looks like this would be safe for all fitness levels

  67. Hey John, just realized today when I went to do an exercise I hadn’t done for a while that I got rid of the chair (which had parallel wooden arms) that I used to use for it! So these bars would be an excellent replacement, much better than the chair in fact!

  68. Would love to add these to my fitness routine. On your recommendation, I purchased the pull up bar/dip station that you reviewed, and it’s solid and very easy to use. Enjoy the site and your email updates.

  69. Portability is best asset.

  70. Kind Sir:

    My interest is specific. Pulling exercises are not easily perfected with the components of a small home gym (My stuff looks a lot like your stuff.) I want to do more pulling and bar exercises because I work in a shipyard for a defense contractor. My days are spent doing shipyard yoga in very cramped spaces, and vertical ladders do indeed mandate shoulder maintenance. All this is especially important because the shipyard proves the necessity of training muscle pairs…and these bars would do that trick. Keep up the fine work!

  71. These would be great in my studio! It would be a fun change for my clients.


    *drum roll*

    And the winner is… Ed Anderson!

    Congratulations, Ed! I hope that the Equalizers serve you well for your dips, pushups, and pull-ups. I will get them sent out to you ASAP.

    And thank you to everyone for your questions and comments. If you’re planning to pick up a set of Equalizers at some point, don’t forget about the $20 off coupon available through my referral link for a limited time (use coupon code “LFI20” during checkout):

    Click Here to Save $20 When You Order the Lebert Equalizer from the Official Website

  73. Hello,

    I am 1,75 cm (5ft 10.0in) and question is which version is from me normal or XL? Can you help me? Thanks.

  74. Hi John, Thanks for the great review and video! Not many comparisons of regular vs XL on the web. I’m 5’11, lean build, considering the XL. I’m also looking at a different brand that has 21in base (compared to 18in of Lebert XL). In your video it looks like the XL feet are pressed close and you have a comfortable dip. I’m wondering if you think those extra few inches between the parallettes could screw up dip form. Thanks!

    • Hi Malcolm, The width of the bars on the XL model is just right for me and my shoulder width. So, a couple more inches would probably be too wide for me. It really depends on the width of your shoulders, though. Ideally, your hands – and the bars – will be placed directly beneath your elbows and shoulders when in the top position (i.e. for dips). If there’s some way you can measure the distance between your hands in that position, that’s the best way to figure it out. That said, you can always adjust the width of the Lebert Equalizers by shifting the bars (and staggering them, if necessary).

      • Thanks for the quick reply! I did some experimenting with my kitchen chairs and the 21 inches felt just a little too long. Then I poked around on the internet and found that the standard is 16-20 inches. The rule of thumb for spacing is to extend your arm and measure the distance from your elbow to the end of your middle finger +1 inch. Conclusion: 21in is too long, original 16in Leberts were designed with the standard minimum in mind, and for the extra height and stability I’m going with the XL :) Thanks again!

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