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Review Lidl CRIVIT® Exercise Bars Unpacking and Assembly in South Dublin (Calisthenics Bar, Parallel Bar)

Earlier in the week I bought a set of Lidl’s CRIVIT@ Exercise Bar in South Dublin, Stillorgan,
which I unpacked and assembled earlier today (video to follow).

Review of Lidls Exercise Bars Parallel Bars Parallelettes Calisthenics Bars South Dublin IrelandThe Exercise Bars come with
(1) a small manual (four pages in Englisch, the rest of it is written in various other European languages).
(2) The two main horizontal bars and two t-shaped feet for each horizontal bar.
(3) 12 screws, 12 washers.
(4) One Allen-key (wrench – the phrase used in the manual) to screw everything together,
meaning you don’t need any other tools to assemble the exercise bars.

Review Lidl CRIVIT Exercise Bars by Martin Luschin Unpacking Assembly in South Dublin Parallettes Gymnastic Bars 3The bars
(1) are very easy to put together, it only takes 5-10minutes maximum.
(2) are sturdy and easily hold my weight 80kg (around 12 stone, 8.3 pounds) 
(3) are designed for a maximum body-weight of 130kg (per manual)  
(4) the horizontal part of the bars are padded with soft, thick bands to make gripping the bar more comfortable.
(5) have rubber feet to prevent unwanted sliding or moving around.
(6) measurements, dimensions are: 78cm high, 65cm wide, 47cm deep

Review Lidl CRIVIT Exercise Bars by Martin Luschin Unpacking Assembly in South Dublin Parallettes Gymnastic Bars 4I used the bars at home for various exercises on a thick carpet and outdoors on a stone patio. The bars didn’t move or slide on neither surface, which makes them safe to use.
There might be some restrictions for certain exercises depending on your height (I’m 5 foot, 9.3 inches or 176 cm) and could just about do tricep dips, without my bent knees touching the ground. The same applied to a “pull-up, rowing motion”, where I was just two or three inches, a small bit more off the ground when holding on to the bars with extended, straight arms.   

The manual shows you seven basic exercises with two simple pictures for each exercise and a very very short description of each exercise (mentioning the starting position and the end position for each movement).
The exercise description doesn’t get into to much detail and if you haven’t done those type of exercises it won’t be of much value for you.

The exercises include (I changed the names of the exercises, as the exercise description are not very descriptive, they are rather confusing in my opinion. It read a bit like a non-fitness person wrote that manual, very odd).
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(1) Tricep-Dips (strengthening & toning arms, triceps, a bit core)
(2) Straight Leg Raises (from a static holding position, core/abdominal strength, legs/quads toning and a bit arm strength)
(3) Raised Push-up (strengthening chest/pecs, a bit the arms)
(4) Knee Raises (from a static holding position, )
(5) Hip-Lift (glutes, buttocks strength/toning, a bit back/core strength)
(6) Rowing Movement (only one version, straight legs – back strength, arms/biceps strength and toning)
(7) Straight-Arm Side-Plank – Static Hold with lower leg lift ( shoulder stability and strength, oblique / core strength, adductors).

Conclusion:

Personal Trainer South Dublin Foxrock Deansgrange Cabinteely Leopardstown Sandyford-Stepaside Stillorgan Dublin 18 D16 D14Lidl’s Exercise Bars are solid and sturdy, easy to assemble and for €34.99 you can’t really go wrong (except if you are rather tall, as you might not be able to do some exercises without your knees or legs touching the ground).
I would definitely recommend these exercise bars, having used them a three four times in the meantime. 

I plan to post various short exercise videos in the next few weeks and months demoing different movements and exercises with these bars.

I looked up various other Exercise Bars, Parallel Bar and Calisthenics Bars on www.amazon.co.uk (make sure that the supplier delivers to Ireland, as not every Amazon.co.uk supplier delivers to Ireland, but you might try to use services www.parcelmotel.com ).
Most comparable bars were much more expensive on www.amazon.co.uk, prices ranging from £34.99 to £54.99 or more, plus you would have to pay postage and packaging as well.

I hope you found this review useful. Let me know what you think and if this review possibly made it easier for you to make a decision whether to buy or not buy these exercise bars.

Thanks Martin

Preview for Unpacking Video – Lidl CRIVIT® Exercise Bars, Calisthenics Bar, Parallel Bar €34.99 in South Dublin

Most of you know at this stage that the German retailers Lidl and Aldi regularly sell fitness, sport and exercise equipment here in Ireland. I plan to review, critique, recommend various equipment if appropriate in the future.

Yesterday I bought Lidl’s fitness brand “CRIVIT® Exercise Bars” for €34.99 in Stillorgan, South Dublin. Over the last year I got more and more into Body-Weight and Calisthenics, bought a set of Gymnastic Rings, Power/Resistance Bands, Arm-Straps for a horizontal bar to do leg/knee raises for Core-Strength etc.. Up to late November of 2017 I exercised only outside, enjoyed the fresh air, the occasional bit drizzle of rain (we are well used to that in Ireland 🙂 ), but mainly dry and sunny days.

The above-mentioned equipment is generally fairly low priced and allows you to exercise independent of a gym out in the fresh air, which I love. You just have to find a chin-up or pull-up bar (or a sturdy tree branch) in a local park (you will find them in Cabinteely Park, Marlay Park, even in the Gallops), maybe use the horizontal bar of football / soccer goal to get started (that’s what I do in the Leopardstown Heights).

I already searched for “Parallel Bar”, “Calisthenics Bar” or “Exercise Bars”  on www.amazon.co.uk and www.amazon.de, but the prices and high postage and packaging fees put me a bit off. Some of the Supplied also don’t post to Ireland. For that reason, I was really happy to see Lidl offering these “Exercise Bars”. I plan to record an unpacking and assembling video of the bars later in the week or over the weekend, if time and weather allow.

Preview video Lidl Exercise Bars Parallel Bars Calisthenics Bars Fitness Exercise South Dublin Ireland Martin LuschinHere the link to the Lidl “Exercise Bars” / https://www.lidl.ie/en/special-offers.htm?articleId=6641 that I bought – you might have look at them yourself. Maybe wait until I reviewed them and let you know what the verdict is.

Contact me if you have any questions or queries in relation to above or the fitness classes I offer in the Dublin 14, Dublin 16 and Dublin 18 area.

Yours ins Fitness & Health
_ Martin

10 Videos – Increase Core Strength, Mobility & Flexibility with these Fitness and Exercise Videos

The 10th Core Strength, Pilates and Flexibility Video is out 🙂 Hurraaaayyyy ! Find all videos that I created up to now (22nd September 2016) below. I’m in the process of recording more videosThese videos will focus more on (1) Energizing Nutrition and Healthy Food,  (2) Toning & Weight Loss Tips & Exercises, (3) Digestion and it’s impact on Health, Vitality and Energy, (5) Stress Management Tips. Let me know if there is anything particular you are interested in or you want to know about. 
Thanks – Martin
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These Pilates & Core Strength Videos  are here to:

1. give you an idea what proper exercise technique looks like, 2. make you aware what to watch out for to keep the exercises safe, 3. how to get the most out of the exercises, 4. let you know what exercises work on which body-parts, 5. Try the exercises and let me know how you get on and if you have any questions !  I really mean it, e-mail or text me with your feedback – I appreciate.

Here a link to a list of all Core Strength & Pilates videos (on my partner site www.PilatesDublin.ie) with detailed written descriptions of the  Exercises and Movements.

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