Top positive review
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on 3 April 2013
I bought this to do pull-ups however my walls are slightly skewed which means I cannot use it for its intended purpose. It hooks onto one frame slightly but feels very risky, I managed 2 before it slipped and brought half of the paintwork with it. I'm 6'2 and my full stretch reaches the bar from having my knees on the ground, anyone taller may struggle. My solution to use this properly will be to screw a piece of wood into the door frame to give more support for the top pivot but that's not ideal.
The product itself is not the Iron Gym brand which is definitely misleading. I would probably opt for the cheaper one because of this, that being said it feels decent quality. The top bar is horrible cheap plastic but I assume that's so it doesn't wreck your door frame. The metal bars feel good, time will tell how the foam grips fare, I'm guessing they'll tear with extensive use however.
My current use for it is as a push-up aid. It really does offer excellent support for this. The range of motion it allows is ideal, I'd take this over standard hand to the floor push-ups any day of the week. They feel so much more natural using this equipment.
Perhaps my 3* review is a little harsh as I've not really used it properly due to my own household circumstances. From the few pullups that I managed the actual metal framework felt sturdy. Just make sure you have a suitable door frame before buying, i.e. one with a definite solid ridge on the hinge side. I also knocked my rating down due to being slightly misled about the brand of product that I was buying, not that it matters too much, I just don't like it when companies do that.
Overall I think this product is worth buying for the press up function alone, they really do feel excellent. If you have a door frame that will suit it then buying this is a no brainer, just be warned that it might not work as intended.
Edit: I've drilled a wooden support into my door frame and this thing works great. I've upped my review from 3 to 4 stars, felt a little mean leaving it as middle of the range.