Written by Joshua Dhyani
Pull-ups are one of the best exercises for overall upper body strength. They recruit a whole lot of muscle and you can use a whole lot of resistance. A pull-up bar is a mainstay of any home gym or even as a stand-alone for anyone trying to add easy access to exercise from the convenience of home. A problem with many pull-up bars is how unstable they are.
I used to have a bar like the one above. It was a hassle to screw in and eventually fell out f the doorway planting me on my tailbone. For lighter individuals these bars may be okay. Even then, these bars can wreck the frame and often need screws. So for many people, especially people looking to build muscle, these bars simply will not do. A solution comes in the form of the ProXFit Iron Gym. This bar loops around the door providing more stability than a standard bar. Additionally, the bar comes equipped with protruding handles so you can work neutral-grip pull-ups as well as overhand and underhand grip. In addition to being a sturdy and versatile pull-up bar, the Iron Gym boasts it can be used as an aid for dips and sit-ups. Additional equipment available for the Iron Gym includes ab straps, which can be used for leg raises and an instructional booklet featuring exercises and routines. According to the website, “Iron Gym is the multi function training bar that combines every exercise you need to build a powerful upper body. Its the ultimate body sculpting and strength building tool that helps shape the upper body and tones your midsection. The durable steel construction holds up to 300 lbs. It is designed to fit residential doorways 24″ to 32″ wide with doorway trim or molding up to 3 ½ inches wide.”
I only have the Iron Gym itself without the ab straps or the instructional booklet. While it boasts a wide range of exercises available to it, I find that dips with it do not offer much challenge and have a short range of motion. I do not like to brace my feet when doing sit-ups so I do not use it for this purpose either. I built myself a set of paralettes that I use for push-ups so I don’t use it for push-ups.
What I do use it for is the obvious and foremost purpose of the Iron Gym—pull-ups. It is great not having to mess around with screws or tightening the bar. The Iron Gym slips right on the doorframe, easy as pie. And once it’s on it’s on there good. I have never had a problem with it supporting me at 225 lbs. and I’ve seen guys as big as 270 lbs. using it without problem, they claim as much as 300 lbs. is allowed, but I have not found a large enough person to test the claim fully. The ability to do underhand grip, overhand grip, and neutral grip is a definite plus. If you’re looking for a good pull-up bar where others have failed, this is the product for you.
- Sturdy bar
- Three grips possible
- Easy assembly
- Easy to move
- Slight markings on doorway (can wipe off)
- Claims or dips and crunches, while unnecessary, are fluff
- Isn’t the multi-dimensional product it claims to be
Get this if you want a simple, functional pull-up bar that will let you work all three pull-up grips.
Don’t get if you weigh over 300 lbs. or do not have a door-way with a frame to put it in.