Review: Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar

    Review: Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar David Shaw

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    Pull-up bars are a great addition to any home gym. Pull-ups are a great workout, as they are a compound exercise. This means that they work a bunch of different muscle groups, all at once. While pull-ups are notorious for being a difficult exercise, they are worth the effort. They work the back, chest, and arms and increase functional strength. Rather than focusing on building muscle or increasing tone, functional strength is useful in everyday life, and for improving general health. Pull-ups can be difficult to do, if you’re not use to them. Most people can only do one or two to start out with if that. There are plenty of ways to work up to doing a full pull up. Simply hanging for a while can be a good way to start. Other pieces of equipment exist, which can help you get started, as well. Assist straps are thick resistance bands that are made specifically to help with pull-ups. Just using a chair can also be helpful. Tutorials exist online that provide instructions.

    The Iron Gym workout bar is a doorframe lever bar, which means it uses your own bodyweight to secure it, levering between the inside and outside of the door.  That means you put it up when you want to workout. When you’re done, simply take it down and store it somewhere out of the way.

    The levering that the bar uses to support you has the potential to damage or crack thin walls or insubstantial molding, so beware when using. The doorframe also cannot be too wide. It is rated to support up to 300 lbs, but again, that may depend on the construction of your home. If it is wider than about 35 inches, the bar won’t be able to reach across with enough overlap to stay secure.  The bar itself is pretty easy to put together and comes with a throwaway wrench for that purpose.

    The bar has handles for a few different exercises. It can be used for a basic pull up, and has room to allow you to either take a narrow grip or a wide one. This allows you to work different muscle groups. It also has handles to allow a neutral pull up. A chin up is possible, but it requires a little more room between the bar and the upper frame of the door.

    The bar can also be used for other exercises. When placed on the floor, it can be used for dips and a few different types of pushups. It is a little low to dips for most people. Using a chair or low stool will make it easier to use the bar for dips.

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