There is no better way to build upper body strength than bodyweight exercises.
For core strength, synergy between muscle groups, and a re-synchronization of the nervous system, bodyweight wins the day.
It’s also a fantastic approach when recovering from chronic illness, or fending off aging. Even the simplest bodyweight movements can improve and restore your body’s upper body strength — in nearly any situation.
The following products can be used in modified ways to accommodate the extremely feeble and highly advanced in age.
Parallete bars are incredible for movement and building strength in the core and upper body. I would even consider them an essential component for building your core, shoulders, and entire upper body with balance between all parts.
Always be careful, especially if trying to do inversions (feet up in the air).
- Super high quality
- Two color options
- Supports up to 400 lbs
- The feet/pads have a China-rubber smell that takes a while to off-gas
These are extremely well built, but the off-gassing of the rubber feet may be annoying. If the off-gassing weren’t an issue, this product would receive a 10/10.
Don’t let the word “olympic” fool you. Everybody can benefit from a few minutes a day with the rings.
There’s no better way to build upper body strength than with the rings. Even if you’re saying “no way, not me” — trust me, you can benefit from rings.
You don’t have to know how to use them, even. Just pulling and leaning into the rings synchronizes your nervous system, improves your core strength, and puts you in the mode of “play.”
- High quality
- Many color options
- Wide straps create more secure feel
- Rings are grippy, might be tough on hands until callouses develop
- Wooden rings are easier on hands
There is no better avenue to increase upper body strength than the Olympic rings.