“ Manufacturer: Everlast / Sports Genre: Fitness „
The Everlast Pilates Door Gym helps you perform multiple exercises with one simple piece of inexpensive equipment. The product includes stretchable cables with four handles, it attaches to various sizes of doors, and you can adjust the tension to fit your needs. As it is so compact, you can use it at home, in the office or in a hotel room.
This is a relatively cheap product and costs between £6.99 and £12.99 depending on where you buy it. I think Argos has it for £6.99 at the moment. It is a great bit of equipment if you don't have the time to be going to the gym, or wan't a cheaper option for a workout at home. At the price, as you would expect, it does have a few little drawbacks.
This is great for anyone who wants a simple piece of equipment that takes up very little space and the workout is enough to get your body toned, but not too muscular, burning calories and generally helps tighten up with multiple repetitions of exercises. My mum bought this a long while back and used it quite often. I have used it a few times, however, found that it is only really good for toning and defining muscle. Its deffinately not for people looking to build up muscle at all!
What you recieve does look rather daunting at first sight, however it is easy to assemble. You anchor the Pilates Door Gym to the top and bottom of door. The adjustable brackets fit any size door. You then use the stretch cords both sitting and standing, facing or away from door. There is adjustable tension so you can increase tension as you become farmiliar with the exercises and get a harder workout. There are also soft rubber grips which are easy on the hands and prevent blisters and callus'. Weight lifting gloves may be advisable is you have sensitive hands which cost £3 or so from amazon.
This is an extremely cheap product and this unfortunately does show with prolonged usage. After just a few months use the bearings on the rollers started to distort as they are made from really cheap plastic. Therefore workouts become impossible as tension is uneven. This may have been a one off, but that was the experience my mum had. Saying that, i think it's still worth a gamble, as you can get it so cheap now!
Another head's up is the fact that you have to re-fit the door brackets for upper / lower body exercises, which is a bit of an inconvenience, so it's not a fit once and leave in place product if you are planning to use it for a full body workout.
The main muscles targeted are triceps, pecs, shoulders, legs and core. You get a guide of exercises that you can do with the pack and the pictures are good at describing the correct technique for each workout. Depending on your current physique you can adjust the tensions to work certain muscles harder.
Overally a great product for the price, however, be aware that you may well encounter some of the drawbacks that i have described.