Pull-ups. There’s not really many ways that one can re-create this exercise without some piece of equipment. Fortunately for us, there are some cheap and convenient pieces of equipment that people can pick up at their local Wal-Mart if they really wanted to.
Bands that can be used to simulate a pull-up definitely exist, but if you really want an authentic, actual pull up to test your strength, you’re going to need something a little more heavy-duty than that. That’s where the Door Gym comes in. As one of the first easy-to-install home pull up systems on the market, the Door Gym has its ups and its downs.
-It does give you the capability to do real, authentic pull-ups, utilizing your full body weight, or having the option of assisted pull ups (with a chair or something)
-There are different grips that give you the option for wide-grip pull-ups, close-grip pull-ups, chin ups, and side-grip pull-ups (check terminology of this last one).
-It can hold up to 300 pounds (check this)
-It’s easy to install and remove
-Though the design of the Door Gym forces pressure on opposite sides of the door (enabling it to hold up full-body weight), it doesn’t guarantee 100% protection for the doors that they are hung up on.
-Over time, my Door Gym has tilted off-center and there doesn’t seem to be a fix that I can do to straighten it out back to its normal state.
-To close a door I need to completely remove the Door Gym from the wall
But the result? So far, so good. I’ve had this stupid thing for over two years and it hasn’t failed me yet. Sure there are impressions on the foam pads that touch against the wall, and perhaps the top of my door where the security metal piece is placed there might be a slight hint of pull, but overall it’s not really that noticeable. I didn’t have to use any real tools to set it up and best of all, I didn’t need to drill into any of my walls to set this up.
I’m not the biggest fan of having to constantly remove the Door Gym from my door every time I want some privacy – I’m more of a set it and forget it kind of guy, but for the purpose of what its design is, that’s a minor gripe. I guess in the future, I’ll have to just be super secretly quiet if I want to practice being a ninja in the confines of my own room, without closing the door. Hey, if that’s the case, then this is perfect practice!
4 out of 5 Stars
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