The HammerHead Fit Press is a unique way to increase both the effectiveness and fun of the traditional push-up and plank. It's overbuilt, beautiful to look at, and easy to use.
The HammerHead Fit Press takes the traditional push-up a step further by adding in instability and various handles to hit the body at different angles.
What strikes me the most about the HammerHead Fit Press is the quality of the materials used. There's no doubt that it can provide an effective workout, but as we often talk about, we like to see equipment that is designed to take a beating, and the Hammerhead Fit Press can do just that (it can actually take a car being driven over it, literally.)
The Fit Press features three different handles on each side of the unit to allow different sized users to easily find the right fit, while also giving everyone different ways to hit their bodies. I liked starting with the wide handles to fatigue the chest and then, once I'm burned out, move to the inner handles. The inner handles hit the triceps much like a diamond push-up while the outer handles do a great job of stretching and using the pecs.
The outer frame, as well as the handles, are made from thick, commercial grade aluminum. The handles are knurled in passive knurling that is often found on dumbbells and then secured to the frame using stainless steel bolts.
I'm glad HammerHead decided to knurl that handles as it's not necessary but allows the HammerHead to be used for more than just push-ups. Because of the quality of materials used, the Fit Press is heavier than expected weighing in at fifteen pounds.
Although most won't find the HammerHead heavy enough for strength training, it could easily be used in Boot Camp type workouts involving lots of reps of push-ups, planks, rows, curls, and more.
Without the knurled handles, things like rows and curls wouldn't work nearly as well.
One of the unique features of the Fit Press is its portability. Thanks to its clever design, it can be disassembled in a few minutes and stored in a gym bag easily. This allows the Fit Press to be a great tool for people that like to travel or who would want to bring the Fit Press with them to their local gym.
The Fit Press is completely overbuilt, but it's also an effective piece of equipment.
At first, it looks like it would be pretty easy to do push-ups on, but thanks to how smooth the curve is machined into the frame, the Fit Press rocks back and forth much easier than expected. What this does is forces the user to use more control during push-ups and adds to the difficulty of doing planks.
I cannot emphasize enough, just how difficult planks are on the Fit Press. I can go for hours in a standard plank on the ground, but when I challenged myself to doing them on the Fit Press, I began shaking back and forth uncontrollably after only a few minutes.
This is what really separates the Fit Press from doing push-ups on parallettes. Adding in an extra stability component absolutely changes the game.
If you're training someone without the strength or stability for the teeter-totter side of the Fit Press, you can flip it over, and you'll find a stable platform for push-ups and planks.
One other feature of the Fit Press that you won't see mentioned elsewhere is that it can be used for hand stands and handstand push-ups. I wouldn't try it unless you're experienced in doing them on flat land, but it's a great way to add in some difficulty to an already difficult movement.
All in all, you cannot buy a better push-up platform. The Fit Press is durable, effective, and is a piece of equipment in my gym that gets constant attention.
Although we're big fans of the Fit Press, there are a couple of things we'd like to see for it to be improved.
The first thing is the ability to add weight. If Hammerhead could figure out a way for the Fit Press to insert into a bar for it to used as a multi-grip press bar, we would be over the moon. The Hammerhead is so well made, we'd like to see it extended to a tool for Ppowerlifters, not just those seeking general fitness.
The last improvement we'd like to see is the possibility of removing the bumpers that prevent the Fit Press from rocking more. The bumpers help keep you from tipping over, but for advanced users, removing them could be a cool option.