The push up handles are not only for the super fit trying to get more from a push up. After recovering from carpal tunnel-type pain resulting from a car accident, I was, and still am, unable to bear any weight with my hands in floor push up position. Any pressure with my hand flexed back causes pain (whether it's a push up, pushing a car, pushing the garage door up, putting a tailgate up, whatever). Because these handles allow the wrist to remain straighter there is less stress on the joint. Using handles is the only way I can do push ups.