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I bought the Iron Gym as an alternative to the more "permanent" pull-up bars on the market, it was also shown to allow a wide range of exercises which can all be carried out using only a doorframe and any open space in your home. I cannot remember the price I paid, but I have found the Iron Gym online for £15 so keep this in mind as you read my review.
The Iron Gym comes in its box in 4 separate parts with various bolts and nuts to hold everything together in a solid fashion. The 4 pieces slot together easily, and you should be ready to use it in under 5 minutes. There is also a small metal clip which can be pushed down behind the doorframe at the top of the door, this stops the bar falling off when you are not using it.
How it works:
The Iron Gym uses your own body weight to hold the bar in place, the black bar runs along the top of the doorframe and the two raised pads either side of the grip bar press against the side of the frame nearest to you. This method is very effective at supporting the weight of a human with the maximum weight claimed to be an amazing 300 pounds (I wouldn't want to test that much on my doors!).
Both the manual and box show the bar being used for four different exercises, Pull-ups/chin-ups, sit-ups, push-ups and dips.
This is where the Iron Gym excels; there are three different grips you can use which can help you put more strain on certain muscle groups. The grips are made of foam and are very good at letting you get a good purchase on the bar, you shouldn't have any problems with slipping off or losing your hold. One thing to watch out for is that as the bar relies on your body weight pressing onto the doorframe you must keep the pull-ups straight and avoid swinging when possible.
Placing the Iron Gym at the bottom of your doorframe will allow you to do sit-ups as the grips press against the frame much like when using the bar for pull-ups. It offers some decent resistance but is not as effective as wedging your feet under the sofa for example.
Sadly, it's not even worth doing dips with the Iron Gym, the range of motion is so limited you may as well just stay still! You'll need an alternative for these.
Push-ups can put uncomfortable pressure on your hands and wrists, especially on hard floors. The Iron Gyms foam grips help a great amount, allowing you to do push-ups in as much comfort as possible. Another bonus is the fact you can move lower than your arms as the grips are raised off the floor, giving a better range of motion.
Extended use will leave some marks on the doorframe which will only be covered by another layer of paint; it seems that the damage caused will depend on how heavy the user is and obviously how much you use it.
All in all, the Iron Gym is a great way to work on fitness in the comfort of your own home, especially for pull-ups and push-ups. Despite being brilliant for your upper body it is not a total solution for home exercise and you will need to look at other forms of home equipment for a whole body work out.
I will be straight forward with you, this is one of the best home gym gadgets I have come accross.
Basically, the biggest asset this fitness gadget has is it allows you to do pull ups from a door frame without the need for screws that will leave holes on the door frame. This is especially useful if you live in a rented appartment or if you have little/no DIY skills. However, be warned that although it will fit the majority of doorways it won't fit all, so make sure you check the door frame measurements on the product description before you buy it.
The gadget is held in place on the door frame by the handles on one side of the door, and the back of the gadget on the other top frame of the other side of the door. In this position on the door frame it allows you to do a range of exercises including pull ups, chin ups, leg raises etc.
It can also be used in the ground to do push ups, sit ups and dips. Although in my opinion you don't need that for those exercises. In addition the price is very low and easy the product is easy to use.
The only drawback I have found with it is that it leaves small marks on the wall on top of my door frame, although these marks are small and my wall is white.
Having fallen into the classic trap of joining the gym and then never going after the first week, I decided to stop wasting my money on that and instead buy some equipment to use at home.
This simple bit of kit is pretty effective, particularly for working the upper body. It's easy to assemble (comes with instructions although once you have a look at the pieces it's fairly self-explanatory anyway) and also easy to use. There is also a leaflet included which shows the different exercises that can be done (generally a few variations on pull-ups, sit-ups and press-ups).
I use mine mainly for pull-ups. You fit the product into any doorway following the instructions provided and you can then use different grips (on the bar or handles) to work slightly different muscles as you pull yourself up. Initially I was worried it might damage the door frame or even worse it might come off and injure me, but after a tentative first pull up, you soon gain confidence in the product and its design, as it feels very secure and able to hold your weight with no problems.
The only downside is that due to its shape, it takes up a little bit of room to store (unless you just leave it up in the doorway) - but this would not stop me recommending this product.
The Body Gym (also known as Iron Gym and Door Gym etc) is a standard piece of equipment that can be used for several upper body exercises. The 'gym' consists of 9 parts, easily assembled within 5 to 10 minutes. The pieces include 4 bars that slot together, held in place by locking nuts and bolts. A hex open wrench is often supplied with the gym but it wouldn't be particularly difficult to tighten them without it. The gym is held in a doorway by 3 methods, the first being a 3CM thick plastic bar that hangs on the top of the door frame. The second, involves 2 foam padded handles that are positioned or 'wedged' against the sides of the door, which effectively shift the weight and strain put on the gym, onto the door frame. Finally a rather weedy 'safety wedge' is included - a thin piece of bent metal that needs to be hammered or pushed into the top of the frame, about an inch. This is to stop the gym from unexpectedly falling off.
The gym is renowned for being a multiple use exorcise bit of kit:
- Pull Ups
- Push Ups
- Sit Ups
For me, I got this largely for chin/pull ups and never really intended to use it for dips or push ups. Press ups can be done well enough without the need for any equipment, but with the gym you can use it to change your grip instead of do flat handed press ups. Sit ups are also much easier as you can position the gym over your feet in the doorway, providing a stable weight to keep your legs down in place. Thanks to the design, there are 3 different ways to do a pull up, offering a variety of positioning - hands facing together, facing and away. There are 2 downsides to the gym though, firstly, you need a specific door for it to be held properly - far away from walls and with a frame - and second, it takes up a fair bit of space being about a metre long. The main thing I'm sure you'd want to know is 'Does it work?' the only answer is that it works if you use it properly. Use it sparingly and the results will be minimal, use it a lot and see your work take effect, but like with all sorts of exorcises and body building, a healthy and specific diet and lifestyle need to be well thought out.
I have found that its presence within a doorframe encourages working out, whereas leaving it in the box or storing it away makes it seem too much of a chore. It feels odd to use at first, but eventually safe (mine has never broken or fallen off). The grips are comfortable enough made from a cheap black foam, the metal bars are pretty strong and clearly made to last. Also often included is a small booklet of advice, instructions and work out plans. I bought mine for around £15 online, but have noticed that there are several different brands all varying in price. As long as all is assembled correctly and is not put under stresses over 300lbs, you'll be able to get the most out of a very handy bit of fitness equipment.
Gyming is a vital part of every persons life - or at least it should be. Exercise combined with healthy eating and a positive mind set equals disease free, healthy life-styles. Fortunately for those who find it less convenient and maybe a little too expensive to become a member of a gym, technological advancement has enabled people to purchase equipment which is of gym quality, but for the home.
This is an example of a piece of equipment which is massively suited to the home, and is almost designed around it. It is a multi-functional device suited to the male physique (and marketed towards this audience) which can be applied to floors and doors in different positions to achieve a balanced work out.
The device is essentially three metal bars, two curved and one straight, which attach together via plastic plates, bolts, plastic ends, and rubber protectors to produce a piece of work out apparatus everyone can enjoy. You can use this kit for chin ups, sit ups, press ups and pull ups. For pull ups the set has to be combined with a door opening, being attached to the upper edge. What makes pull ups unique with this product is the fact there is no screwing, drilling or use of any tools when setting it up for that particular activity - or indeed any activity the product can achieve.
When completing a series of press ups (push ups) it may seem a silly addition to the process to use such an unneeded device. The Body Gym actually helps with the process because it lets your hands sit more comfortably on the frame-work. The no-slip rubber padding gives your hands grip without the need for gloves, and the forward running bars allow for your hands to grip round in the right position.
The frame is of excellent quality. The rubber material of the pads doesn't rip or tear after months of use and the metal is strong and durable despite putting your whole body weight over it. When you get the thing out of its box it is dead easy to assemble and takes roughly 10 minutes (there are full instructions within the packaging). The best thing about this product is that (according to the manufacturer) it is very effective at targeting the correct muscle groups specific to the type of workout you are performing. It enhances normal work out positions and repetitions people are used to doing day in day out - and this makes it accepted within the gym culture (something work billions of pounds every year). I would recommend this product for its ease of use and for the progress you get from it when carrying on your normal routine and adding it in. Costing around £20.00 from many major retailers, it is also ready available.
I go through phases where I am fitness mad, I also do like to be lazy sometimes and not exercise for a few weeks. The Body Sculpture Body Gym is the ideal product for myself as it can be packed away when not in use and it is out of your way. The product name may leave you a bit disappointed after looking at the image of this product. However, I think 'Body Gym' is given as the name as it can help you work a number of areas of your body.
The Body Sculpture Body Gym doesn't look very well made and at first I were a little sceptical as to how it would help me work out and also how it would stand up to the intensity of my workouts. The Body Gym is effectively a steel frame which is actually of a very sturdy construction. Looks are deceptive, as this can take a good deal of weight when attached to your door frame and my dad is 100kg+ and he doesn't have any issues. The frame consists of three steel tubes, two of which are curved and are attached in parallel to each other attached to the main straight tube. Either end of the straight steel tube has rubber stoppers and these are designed to act as feet and prevent the unit slipping whilst you are doing push-ups. There are also a strategically placed foam covering on the steel tubing for comfort and grip. The silver coated steel coupled with the black rubber and foam works well together and overall it does look rather smart.
Priced at around £15 the Body Sculpture Body Gym is well worth the cost. This is more than just a frame to hang on the door for pull-ups and can also be used on the floor to assist you in push-ups aswell. he versatile nature of the Body Gym appealed to me when I saw it, as having different products for each type of exercise is a bit of a waste. I do attach it to the door frame, which is literally done in seconds and relies on your weight to hold it in place. The grip is sturdy and it never moves out of place, so I am confident in its strong hold. I also use it at the base of the door frame and this allows me to do sit-ups as the Body Gym holds my feet to the floor and also assists me in this way. The final exercise I do with the Body Gym is push-ups, where the rubber grips are at their most effective and prevent the product from slipping on my wooden flooring.
The simplicity of the Body Gym is something that appealed to me whilst I were shopping for gym equipment and it has its benefits over my previous workout bar that I owned. The Body Gym is very easy to screw together and literally ook me ten minutes. There is a basic diagram and instructions for putting together the Body Gym, though it is all pretty much self explanatory as you unpackage the various bits and bobs. Build quality isn't something I would mark this product down on, as I havn't had any such issues, the only reservations were before using the Body Gym, as it does require an element of trust when you are hanging from such a lightweight and flimsy looking product from your doorframe!
If you want to get/keep fit then the Body Gym could be the product for you. Its versatility means you can use this one piece of kit for a number of exercises. This also means you can work various areas of your body in just the one item and therefore saves on space. I cannot find any negative points in all honesty and will continue to use the Body Gym in my regime.
"The Body Sculpture Body Gym is the ideal piece of home fitness equipment. The Body Sculpture BB268 Body Gym allows you to perform push ups, chin ups, dips, sit ups for a great total upper body workout. The Body Gym is made from of heavy duty steel with anti-slip rubber grips which makes it safe and reliable. The Body Sculpture Body Gym easy to use and is attached or removed from the door frame in seconds."